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Initiating a strong criminal defense for our clients

We all have heard the phrase innocent until proven guilty. While this is the guideline for the American criminal system, defendants often have a different experience. The second criminal allegations are made a defendant could face scrutiny. Just because a person is facing a criminal charge, the public tends to view them as guilty. This can cause harm to a person’s personal and professional reputation even before his or her day in court.

The best way to address this situation is to hire legal help. A strong criminal defense can work immediately to reduce these initial hardships, as they could occur regardless of a conviction. If news is being reported on the incident, a legal professional could help control the coverage of the offender and the alleged crime. At the Law Office of James L. Riotto, our experienced legal team is devoted to helping clients in the Rochester area through any and all phases of the criminal defense process.

To begin our representation, our law firm seeks to gain a better understanding on the matter. This means exploring all the details provided to us by our clients. Next, we consider the gaps in the investigation, conducting our own. We also use this time to consider witness accounts and expert testimony.

When evidence piles up, the matter often overwhelms defendants. There is a common misconception that the more evidence in the prosecution case, the more likely that a defendant will be convicted. The truth of the matter is that not all evidence will remain in the case, and our law firm has the skills and resources needed to challenge evidence. By suppressing evidence or asserting that a search, seizure or arrest was unlawful, we seek to have the charges reduced or dropped.

To learn more, check out the information on our law firm’s website about how we help our clients develop a criminal defense. The most important thing to keep in mind when initiating a criminal defense is that it is a mechanism to protect your rights. No matter the severity of the charges or how many charges a defendant faces, it is vital to take a stand and initiate an aggressive defense.

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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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