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Helping you assert a defense against drug charges

New York is tough on drugs. Therefore, those accused of drug crimes are faced with potential harsh penalties. When a person is arrested on a drug charges, it can be a shocking event, as these charges are not always clear and simple. Drug crimes can be extremely complex, which means they deserve a detailed, aggressive, well-planned defense.

At the Law Office of James L. Riotto, our skilled legal team is well versed in the pertinent laws. They are also aware of the criminal defense options available and what steps should be taken to meet the best interests of our clients. We understand that drug type and quantity can make a big difference, as certain drugs hold harsher penalties.

With regards to quantity, when an individual is found in possession of a certain amount, this could be evidence of drug trafficking. Drug trafficking charges are much more severe than possession charges; therefore, quantity matters when it comes to asserting a defense.

Our lawyers not only look at the elements of the pending charges to determine ways to poke holes in the case, but they also consider defense options that could help reduce the charges against our clients. Finally, we inform our clients about the ability to make a plea bargain or enter a drug diversion program instead of serving jail time.

To learn more, check out our law firm’s drug crime webpage. These criminal charges can be overwhelming, as it is likely that evidence could even be piled up against a defendant. Nonetheless, defendants have the right and ability to assert a defense to help them reduce and even dismiss the charges against them.

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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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