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Guiding our clients through a defense against a DUI

The dangers of drunk driving are well known. This is why the state of New York and other states are harsh on this crime. Being accused of drunk driving is much more serious than receiving a traffic violation. One is faced with much more than minor fines. Thus, it is important to understand how a motorist can challenge and defend him or herself against a drunk driving charge.

Being charged with driving under the influence or DUI and driving while intoxicated or DWI is not like other traffic tickets. The ramifications of a DWI or DUI can be serious, making it vital to take steps to avoid conviction of the charges that could be misdemeanor or even felony.

At the Law Office of James L. Riotto, our experienced legal team understands the laws pertaining to DUI and DWI charges. Thus, we are able to help our clients navigate these matters, helping them take steps to reduce and even dismiss the charges against them.

Evidence is key when convicting a driver of drunk driving. Whether evidence includes a field sobriety test, a breath test or any other type of test, our attorneys take the time to ensure the legality of the evidence used against our clients. Even more so, we look at any technicalities that could constitute an unlawful stop or an illegal arrest. Our goal is to make sure the rights of our clients are protected while also taking steps to meet the goals of our clients.

To learn more, check out our law firm’s drunk driving website. This can be an overwhelming situation, causing motorists to feel like they do not have many options or much room to move beyond the charges they are faced with. Criminal defense options are available, and by looking at the facts and evidence of the matter, a criminal defense attorney can help those accused of drunk driving take steps to clear his or her name.

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James L. Riotto
Criminal Defense Lawyer

James L. Riotto is an accomplished criminal defense attorney serving clients in New York. With an extensive background in law enforcement and criminal prosecution, his approach to each case is unique and informed by years of experience with the New York criminal justice system. As a graduate from Albany Law School and before going on to start his own practice, James worked at the Albany County District Attorney's Office, where he helped prosecute many DWI offenses. His inside knowledge of the tactics used to gain convictions provides him with a particular advantage when defending against DUI and other criminal charges.

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Adam D. Staier
Of Counsel

About Attorney Adam Staier has spent the last seven years practicing criminal defense law throughout upstate New York and the Capital Region. He began his legal career through internships in civil law, indigent legal representation and federal energy law regulation. Finding a passion in criminal law, Mr. Staier held internships handling both prosecution and defense…

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William M. Swift
Associate Attorney

About William M. Swift is an associate attorney at the Law Office of James L. Riotto and brings 20 years of experience to our clients. His practice focuses on personal injury cases and criminal matters. He has successfully represented individuals in felony, misdemeanor cases. Additionally, he has extensive knowledge in DMV administrative proceedings involving suspensions…

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