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Teen driver faces speeding and DWI charges in Rochester

When young people in Rochester first get their driver license, they are prone to make mistakes that they do not realize will have potential consequences that can cause problems for their entire lives. This can include driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speeding, being reckless, distracted driving and more. When law enforcement stops these drivers and there is an arrest, the right legal defense strategy can mean the difference between the worst penalties and a relatively successful resolution with a plea bargain or an outright acquittal. For those who are dealing with these allegations, having a qualified attorney is a must.

An 18-year-old man was arrested on multiple charges after a traffic stop. The incident occurred after law enforcement saw an SUV that was allegedly well beyond the 55-mph speed limit. Officers said the driver was going 90-mph. After they stopped the vehicle, they stated they smelled alcohol and marijuana emanating from it. The driver was given field sobriety tests and did poorly. He was placed under arrest and later given a test to determine his blood-alcohol content. He registered 0.12 percent, above the legal limit of 0.08 percent. He was charged with DWI, aggravated driving without a license, possession of marijuana and other traffic offenses.

Anyone who is confronted with drunk driving charges, drug possession and traffic violations can have major issues going forward if they are convicted. A driver license suspension or revocation can have a negative impact. If it is a person who is still in his or her teens and has just reached adulthood, a conviction can hinder their ability to get a job, be admitted to a school and more. It can cause lifelong challenges if they fail to adequately deal with it. Having legal assistance is vital to examine the circumstances of the arrest and formulate a credible defense to avoid the worst consequences.

A male, 18, was arrested for a slew of charges after a traffic stop. At his age and with these charges, he must think about the future and have legal advice to combat the accusations. A law firm that has experience in helping people of all ages with their drunk driving, drug and traffic violation cases should be called for guidance from the start.

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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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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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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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