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Upstate New York Lawyer Defends Clients Against Weapons Charges

Accomplished former state trooper with offices in Rochester and Albany

New York is known throughout the country for its tough laws regulating the purchase and use of firearms. Since 2013, it has become even more difficult for gun owners to comply with state gun rules. At the Law Office of James L. Riotto, we provide effective defense representation for Upstate New York residents accused of weapons violations and other crimes. With offices in Rochester and Albany, our firm safeguards the rights of individuals accused of felonies and misdemeanors. Attorney James Riotto has extensive knowledge of firearms from his time spent as a state trooper in addition to work on both sides of New York criminal litigation. No matter what type of charge you face or how powerful the evidence against you might seem, we have the background, ability and determination to protect your rights at every stage of your case.

Experienced advocate has detailed knowledge of laws governing firearms

Whether the allegations against you involve a gun, switchblade knife, nunchucks, brass knuckles or some other type of weapon, our criminal defense firm will work tirelessly to defend you against charges such as:

  • Criminal possession of a weapon — Various degrees exist under the New York Penal Law section that relates to weapons possession. Possession of a firearm without proper authorization is now a felony that can lead to several years in prison. In matters involving dangerous items that have a common, lawful use, such as box cutters, courts can examine how the person intended to use the item.
  • Felony assault — When a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument is used as part of a physical attack, that is considered second-degree assault in New York, a Class D felony. This count can be charged even if serious injury does not result from the use of the weapon.
  • Possession of an ammunition-feeding device — Mass shooting incidents that occurred in locations such as Newtown, Connecticut, and Las Vegas have focused attention on ammunition-feeding devices. New York now prohibits any such device that contains more than seven rounds of ammunition.

We have a detailed understanding of the latest legal and technical developments that affect New York weapons laws. Our firm will conduct a thorough review of your situation and identify every potential defense. From there, we will explain your options and assess the best way to obtain a dismissal, acquittal or fair plea agreement.

Dedicated attorney handles cases involving the SAFE Act

Known commonly as the SAFE Act, the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013 established numerous rules governing gun use in the state. The statute reclassified a variety of semi-automatic firearms so that they are now considered assault weapons under state law. Limits were placed on ammunition sales, and background checks were enhanced. Additionally, handgun permit holders must recertify with county authorities every five years and report a missing firearm to police within 24 hours. The SAFE Act covers other provisions and has been highly controversial. Legal challenges could change some of these regulations, so if you have been accused of a SAFE Act violation, we can provide immediate, accurate advice on the potential case against you.

Contact a skillful New York criminal defense attorney to schedule an appointment for weapons charges

The Law Office of James L. Riotto represents Upstate New York clients in criminal defense matters involving weapons charges and other types of allegations. Please call 866-772-2122 or contact us online to schedule a meeting at one of our offices, located in Rochester and Albany.

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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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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…

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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…

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