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Helping Rochester motorists fight a DWI charge

During the summer months, individuals in New York and elsewhere are likely to spend his or her weekends and evening out and about, enjoying the fun summer events or just the nice weather. With this, many individuals are also likely to consume alcohol during these outings. While this can be a perfectly legal and safe activity to partake in, when a person consumes more than the legal limit and gets behind the wheel of a vehicle, this could mean serious repercussions.

While a motorist is getting pulled over by law enforcement for the suspicion of driving while intoxicated, a DWI charge is far different from any other traffic violation a person in New York could face. To begin, a first conviction of a DWI is a misdemeanor; however, repeat offenders face felony charges. Because of this, those accused of such a charge should take the time to understand their defense options and ways to reduce or avoid penalties.

At the Law Office of James L. Riotto, our experienced legal team takes the time to explain the matter to our clients in the Rochester area. It is our goal to have our clients well informed so we can take all necessary steps to move forward with the strongest criminal defense available. Whether that means challenging evidence, asserting an unlawful stop or even questioning the way a field sobriety test or breath test was conducted, our attorneys ensure they are asserting the best defense possible.

To learn more, check out our law firm’s drunk driving website. Because a conviction could mean a driver’s license suspension, fines and even jail time, it is important to take these matters seriously. By understanding your rights and options, you are putting yourself at an advantage when challenging a DWI.

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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 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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