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Rochester DWI Defense Lawyer

Handling misdemeanor and felony DUI charges in Rochester & Albany, NY

New York law treats Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and Driving Under the Influence (DUI) as serious crimes. DWIs are not like typical traffic tickets. While first convictions represent misdemeanor crimes, repeat offenders face felony charges. If you are arrested for DUI or DWI, take advantage of your Miranda right to a lawyer, and call the Law Office of James L. Riotto in Rochester at the first opportunity.

Any alcohol or drug-related driving conviction can result in loss of license

In a helpful online brochure that explains state laws pertaining to drinking and driving, the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles explains that adults convicted of Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI), which involves committing a traffic offense with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) between .05 and .07, receive a 90-day license suspension in addition to fines and possible jail sentences. Once the BAC reaches or exceeds the legal limit or a driver is convicted again, adults face minimum license revocation ranging from six months to a year, with increases in other penalties as well. As an experienced attorney dealing with driver’s licenses suspensions, James L. Riotto takes all possible measures to get charges dropped or reduced to help avoid license suspension or revocation.

Perhaps in an effort to rehabilitate youthful offenders, New York imposes harsh consequences on drivers under the legal drinking age of 21, regardless of how low their BAC levels are. Those convicted of DWAI can expect a minimum revocation of one year. Juvenile attorney James Riotto combines his experience defending juvenile offenders with his understanding of New York DWI law to provide the best possible defense and get young drivers back on the right path.

The importance of retaining experienced DWI defense lawyers

During police stops in Rochester or anywhere in Monroe or surrounding counties, you obviously don’t have the benefit of a drunk driving attorney at your side. At this time, you have the potential to make many errors that later adversely affect your legal case. With prior experience in both law enforcement and criminal prosecution, DUI defense attorney James Riotto has the full range of legal skills needed to help reverse any errors you make — and often uses pre-arrest errors by police to remove evidence against you before you get to court.

Seek immediate support from an experienced Rochester DWI defense attorney

If you face DWI charges in Rochester or within the counties of Monroe, Ontario, Wayne, Orleans, Genesee or Livingston, the Law Office of James L. Riotto protects your rights and works with you to provide the best possible outcome. As a former state trooper with experience in both prosecution and defense, Mr. Riotto brings a unique perspective to every case. He provides personalized support, keeping you informed throughout the legal process and promptly answering all questions. Call us at 866-772-2122 or contact us online.

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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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    Mr. Riotto made me feel at ease from the start. He always had my best interests in mind and worked hard to drive the best possible outcome. His communication and professionalism were outstanding.

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    I highly recommend this firm. Jim and his staff are extremely professional, and knowledgeable. Any question or concern I had, was addressed immediately. I was kept informed the entire process, and in a timely manner. Very impressive.

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