New York law treats driving while intoxicated (DWI) and driving under the influence (DUI) as serious crimes. While first convictions are misdemeanors, repeat offenders face felony charges. If you are arrested for DW or DUI anywhere from Rochester to Albany, the Law Office of James L. Riotto will aggressively challenge the charges against you. As a former New York State trooper and DWI prosecutor, Mr. Riotto has insight into police procedures and prosecutorial strategies, which enables him to build a compelling defense on your behalf.
New York has a variety of laws governing impaired driving, whether by alcohol or drugs. Drivers can be charged with a standard DWI when they have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of at least .08 percent but less than .15 percent. For drivers of commercial vehicles, the threshold BAC is .04 percent.
Other charges include:
Drivers face greater jeopardy when they have a prior DWI conviction, drive impaired with a minor in the vehicle, or cause an accident that damages property or seriously injures a person.
A DWI charge puts your liberty, license and your reputation in jeopardy. Common offenses and their potential penalties include these:
The law gives judges wide latitude in sentencing, which is another reason to hire an experienced defense lawyer who knows how to argue for leniency on your behalf.
During police stops anywhere from Rochester to Albany, you obviously don’t have the benefit of a drunk driving attorney at your side. In that moment, you can easily make mistakes that will adversely affect your legal case later on. Fortunately, with his prior experience in law enforcement and criminal prosecution, DUI defense attorney James Riotto is prepared to take the legal steps necessary to mitigate the effects of any errors you make.
If you face DWI charges on any roadway from Rochester to Albany, the Law Office of James L. Riotto stands ready to protect your rights and work toward the best possible outcome. To schedule a consultation, call 866-772-2122 or contact us online.
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.
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…