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Juvenile crimes in Rochester require experienced legal defense

Many adult Rochester residents have memories of things they did when they were juveniles and think themselves lucky for not getting caught during the potential mistakes they made as any issue with the law can negatively impact a person’s future. There is no doubt that an act as a juvenile could be classified as a Read More

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Fatal motorcycle accident leads to felony DUI for driver

When a car accident in New York causes injuries or death, one of the key parts of the investigation is determining if one of the drivers was under the influence. The penalties for a DUI conviction after a fatality are significant and can send an otherwise law-abiding citizen to jail for an extended period. Having Read More

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Man arrested on drug charges, DWI and more after traffic stop

For people in Rochester and throughout Upstate New York, a simple traffic stop because of an equipment issue or due to a minor violation can lead to major criminal charges if there are other issues at hand. For example, if the person is alleged to have drugs in the vehicle and is under the influence, Read More

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Woman faces DUI charges and other allegations after fleeing

In Rochester and the surrounding areas of New York State, law enforcement is out in force seeking drivers who might be operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Since driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is considered such a dangerous act that can lead to accidents and injuries, the law Read More

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Charges for DUI and drug crimes spark pregnant woman’s arrest

People can face drunk driving allegations in unusual circumstances in Rochester. The potential consequences and penalties should there be a conviction can have a negative impact on their lives in multiple ways. For those whose personal situation makes DUI charges more problematic than they might be for another person, it is even more vital to Read More

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What penalties are there if convicted of prostitution charges?

Although, many call it the world’s oldest profession, the reality is that prostitution is illegal in New York. Those accused of engaging in it, both sex workers and customers, may face serious criminal penalties. This blog post will describe the potential penalties for those convicted of engaging in prostitution. When a person is accused of engaging in Read More

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Penalties for domestic violence in New York

Although no family or relationship is perfect, they should not include acts of violence. Unfortunately, disputes break out and could get out of hand. This is where allegations of domestic violence could occur. These situations are taken seriously, as they not only hold the potential for serious criminal penalties, but a domestic abuse charge could hinder one’s Read More

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Understanding prostitution laws and criminal charges

There is a wide variety of professions people in New York and elsewhere can take on. While these positions are likely legal and legitimate, others can fall into a gray area. However, some professions are known to be illegal, meaning individuals could face criminal penalties for engaging in them. Prostitution, which is known as the oldest Read More

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Assault and battery laws in New York

Being accused of a crime is a difficult time for accused offenders in New York and elsewhere. Hearing that your have been charged with a crime tends to imply that one must face the penalties of the crime. However, this is not true. It is possible to take on an aggressive defense approach, helping to Read More

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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 Read More

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Law Firm Seals Criminal Records For Client

New York’s new criminal record-sealing laws were recently put to the test in Steuben County Court. In a highly unusual turn of events, the Law Office of James L. Riotto convinced a judge to seal two Class B felony conviction records from 2006 for a client: Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 2nd Read More

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Postal worker facing theft charges after mail goes missing

Just about everyone has had a bad day at work. Usually, this simply means that things didn’t go according to plan or an interaction with a coworker or customer became confrontational. In most instances, those who experience one of these days can simply sleep it off and put it behind them. For some New Yorkers, Read More

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Collateral consequences of New York criminal convictions

If you are facing a criminal charge in New York, you likely have concerns about the potential punishments you are going to face, and whether you will have to spend time behind bars or pay considerable fines. In addition to any penalties you may receive for a criminal conviction, however, you may also face what Read More

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Under state law, what counts as arson?

There are a number of serious criminal offenses in New York. Amongst these are crimes against property. Although vandalism and theft can be treated aggressively by prosecutors, these offenses can also be minor in comparison to some other property crimes, like arson. With a wide spectrum of severity when it comes to these offenses and Read More

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Criminal defense may be needed for probation violation hearing

A lot of New Yorkers think that a criminal matter ends once a defendant is found guilty or innocent. While this may be true to a certain extent in that penalties will be imposed or not, there may be ongoing issues that can leave an individual in need of a criminal defense advocate. One example Read More

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Rochester firm challenging every aspect of a criminal charge

A few weeks ago on the blog we discussed an incident that left a Rochester man facing criminal charges for possessing stolen property. This case is a perfect example of how defense options can be discovered simply by looking at the legal elements that must be proven before prosecutors can obtain a conviction. Intent is Read More

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Plea bargaining may be a viable criminal defense option

Television shows and movies make it look like every case, civil or criminal in nature, goes to trial spurred along by cutthroat attorneys who will do anything to make the other side look bad. Although these types of situations exist in the real world, they are not the norm. In fact, many times cases resolve Read More

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Rochester man facing charges or possessing stolen property

A conviction for any criminal offense can leave you facing serious penalties, regardless of the crime’s severity. You might wind up facing jail time, a fine and damage to your reputation and your record that makes living a normal life difficult. These penalties can be even more severe, though, if you are considered a habitual Read More

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The elements of larceny in New York

Property crimes are treated quite seriously in New York. Those who have had their property stolen or damaged are often quick to point the finger, and aggressive law enforcement officers and prosecutors are ready to press the matter. Although this thirst for justice is admirable, it can also be dangerous, as innocent individuals are often Read More

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Criminal defense needed after two-year-old shot

Mistakes happen. Most of the time when they do, we learn, we live and we move on. Sometimes, though, these mistakes can leave others harmed, whether physically, emotionally or financially. If severe enough, one of these incidences could lead to criminal charges. However, in an attempt to protect individuals from the long reach of the Read More

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Rochester-area group charged with grand larceny

It only takes one compelling piece of evidence to make the prosecution’s case when seeking a conviction for criminal charges. This is why accused individuals need to ensure that they do everything they can to protect themselves. Those who fail to do so may wind up being taken advantage of, as aggressive prosecutors know how Read More

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Rochester bus monitor charges after altercation with student

It doesn’t take much for an individual to find him or herself at the center of a criminal investigation. In many instances, it only takes the statements of one person. In others, it may be a matter of being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Sometimes, though, the evidence can seem insurmountable to Read More

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Criminal charges dismissed after body cam video shown

It may sound surprising, but there are a number of seemingly minor situations that can lead to criminal charges. A traffic stop for a broken taillight, for example, could result in the driver being charged with drunk driving or possession of an illegal substance. Many individuals who find themselves facing allegations of criminal wrongdoing are Read More

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What are certificates of relief from civil disabilities?

You should not take criminal charges lightly. Even if you are only charged with a misdemeanor, a conviction could seriously derail your life and goals. If your case has already been closed and you are dealing with the consequences of a conviction, though, there are several options you may consider for restoring your life. Applying for Read More

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What does the term prostitution cover?

Prostitution is known by many as the oldest profession on earth. Prostitution is illegal throughout most of the United States, including New York state. So what exactly does prostitution cover? There are several stages of a “transaction” of prostitution, and depending upon each state’s laws, each stage could be considered a crime. A person looking Read More

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Shoplifting in the United States

Throughout the United States, there are dozens of mental conditions that could lead a person to face criminal charges. Kleptomania is the inability to resist the urge to steal items. Often these items are small and relatively minor in value. It is considered a serious mental condition that affects thousands of Americans each year. The Read More

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6 men, including a doctor, arrested on prostitution charges

It is illegal to take part in prostitution in New York State in any respect. When arrested on prostitution charges, there can be penalties assessed including fines and jail time. Even worse is the stigma that is attached to the charges. People might have their family life and employment negatively affected by the mere allegations Read More

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Hazing: A light-hearted initiation ritual can ruin your future

You have read stories of college hazing incidents that result in students getting arrested and charged with serious offenses. Hazing is defined in New York as conduct that occurs in an initiation that intentionally or recklessly puts a person as risk of physical injury (hazing in the second degree) or causes that person to be Read More

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Man faces felony charges in alleged domestic violence

There is an understandable stigma surrounding allegations of domestic violence in Rochester and throughout the nation. People who are arrested for charges related to violence in the home can face long-term consequences in a legal sense, but they can also lead to personal issues at work, school and in a multitude of other ways. While Read More

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Should those who harm pets during criminal activity face additional penalties?

Without a doubt, one of the highlights of the day for people everywhere is being greeted at the front door by their favorite pet after a long day at work or school. Indeed, the reality is that the bonds many people have with their pets are so strong that they view them as more than Read More

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James L. Riotto
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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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    How to deal with a DWI traffic stop

    How you handle getting pulled over for a DUI/DWI can significantly affect your defense down the road. For instance, declining the officer's request to search your vehicle and avoiding specific answers when asked about any substances you may have consumed could help you when combating DUI/DWI charges in court.
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