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Representing New Yorkers facing drunk driving charges

The holiday season is here, and along with it comes social gatherings and happiness. New Yorkers need to be aware, though, that police patrols often increase this time of year as the authorities try to crack down on drunk driving. As we discussed in a previous post, the penalties handed out upon a drunk driving conviction can be burdensome. You might wind up facing jail time, license suspension, license revocation and mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device. These penalties, when taken together, can wreak havoc on your personal and professional lives, which is why it may be imperative for you to seek a strong criminal defense attorney when facing these types of allegations.

Regardless of the facts of your case, there are likely criminal defense options available to you. Sometimes your options might be limited to negotiating a plea deal to minimize the penalties you will face, while other circumstances may lend themselves to litigation. An experienced law firm like the Law Office of James L Riotto will know how to advise you so that you can choose a legal path that is right for you.

At our firm, we make sure we fully analyze a case before giving legal advice, We uncover all relevant evidence, speak with crucial witnesses and analyze statutory and case law to determine their applicability and their benefits. Then, once our clients decide how they wish to proceed, we aggressively represent their best interests in negotiation rooms and courtrooms.

In the end, we want to help our clients out of the binds they find themselves in. Our passion is unsurpassed and we take pride in our proven ability to reach favorable outcomes for our clients. No two cases are the same, though, and no attorney can guarantee a win, but you won’t know your likelihood of success until you take the first step of contacting a skilled criminal defense attorney.

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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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