Search Site
Menu

We stand up for those accused of drunk driving

If you’re facing drunk driving charges, then you were probably subjected to field sobriety tests which the police claim you failed. Prosecutors will use this evidence in an attempt to obtain a conviction, whether through plea negotiations or trial. However, simply because the police say you failed a field sobriety test does not mean that you will automatically be convicted of the crime for which you have been charged. Oftentimes, strong criminal defense options are available to those who are in this position, which may allow them to avoid the harshest penalties, or even all of them.

One way to do this is to challenge the procedures the police utilized when conducting your field sobriety tests. These tests require strict compliance with certain procedural safeguards to ensure that false positives are not received. Yet, police officers commonly skip steps, fail to appropriately analyze a test or even provide legally inadequate field sobriety tests. If any of these is the case, then you may be able to get the results of the test suppressed, which could devastate the prosecution’s case.

Another way to challenge a drunk driving case is to argue about the validity of a breathalyzer test result. There are many ways to do this, too. One way is to again draw into question the procedures utilized by the authorities. However, field sobriety and breathalyzer tests may also be suppressed if it can be shown that the initial reason for a traffic stop was illegal.

With so many criminal defense options, those accused of drunk driving need to carefully craft their case to give themselves the best possible chance of success given the facts. At the Law Office of James L Riotto, our team of skilled legal professionals know how to use the law to our clients’ advantage, crafting compelling legal arguments that not only protect their legal rights, but also their futures. Those who want to learn more about our firm and how we may be of assistance should browse the rest of our website.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

James L. Riotto Attorney Photo
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.

Adam D. Staier Attorney Photo
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…

William M. Swift Attorney Photo
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…

  • What to do if pulled over for a DUI


    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.
    READ MORE
Reviews and Ratings
  • google
    5.0/5.0

    Highly Highy recommend The Law Office of James L. Riotto. Best decision I made when looking at many points and a lot of money. The Law Office of James L. Riotto was able to get my case dismissed. I cannot thank you enough! ;)

    Read more

    Catrina Hamlin

  • google
    5.0/5.0

    Thank you James L. Riotto, Brian Persons, and Destinee Kessler for your undivided attention and great outcome with my speeding violation. I highly recommend to contact them regarding traffic/speeding violations, specially through email... just be pat...

    Read more

    Maria J. Marin

  • google
    5.0/5.0

    I highly recommend The Law Office of James L. Riotto to anyone dealing with a traffic violation. Their professionalism, expertise, and client-focused approach make them an excellent choice for legal representation. If you find yourself in need of leg...

    Read more

    Vijay Saduvu

  • google
    5.0/5.0

    Responsible, responsive, results-oriented law firm. Would highly recommend for any relevant legal matters.

    Read more

    MJ Wojcik

  • google
    5.0/5.0

    Highly professional, communicative, and worry-free!

    Read more

    Heather Painting

See all reviews
  • AV Rated by Martindale | Client Champion Platinum Award
    Avvo Client's Choice
    Lead Counsel Verified Badge
  • Superlawyers Rising Star
    Expertise Best Criminal Attorney in Rochester
    Justia 10.0 Rating

We Accept the Following Payment Solutions

Contact us

Quick Contact Form