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Man with prior DWI conviction faces new aggravated DWI charge

Anyone facing drunk driving charges in Rochester should know that they will be vulnerable to a litany of penalties should there be a conviction. This can include a driver’s license suspension, fines, jail and more. When the arrest comes after a previous conviction, there is the likelihood of harsher penalties.

While driving under the influence is dangerous, the simple matter of a person being arrested does not automatically mean they are guilty. They are also entitled to a strong defense to try and reduce the charges or even gain an acquittal. Having legal assistance is one of the most important factors to any DWI case.

A 44-year-old man was arrested for aggravated DWI. This new incident occurred nearly 10 years after he hit two people while under the influence. In this case, his blood-alcohol content was .18 percent, resulting in the aggravated DWI charge. The investigation is continuing.

Anyone dealing with DWI charges needs to make sure they have legal help, but this need is even more imperative when they have been convicted in the past. A repeat DWI will have even worse penalties. When adding in the aggravated DWI charge, it can negatively impact a person’s life for a very long time. Many factors will go into the penalties a person will face, including the BAC level, whether there was an accident, and more. People often make the mistake of believing they deserve whatever punishment they get. Legal help is crucial to defend against the charges, no matter the circumstances.

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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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