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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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  • "All of my contact was handled very promptly and professionally. They were very knowledgeable and made me feel like my case was as important to them as it was to me."

  • "I highly recommend the Law Office of James L. Riotto. The entire staff is professional, knowledgeable and always willing to help. Mr. Riotto’s legal prowess coupled with his background in law enforcement give him the ability to be empathetic to his client’s circumstances while relentlessly striving for the best possible outcome."

  • "Everyone I’ve talked to in this office has always been kind and very helpful. I’ve used them a couple of times now and am very happy with the outcomes and how well they’ve communicated with me."

  • "I would like to say what an amazing job your office did for me. Your team really saved me and helped me save costs. I want to give a shout out to an amazing person who worked tirelessly for me.. Chelsea Gardner!! She is awesome. James, I tell everyone I know to call you and your team. True professionals and they do what they say!!"

  • "Mr. Riotto was very responsive to us on our initial call as throughout the legal process. It was very clear how he was approaching the case and what the outcome may be. It can be unsettling hiring an attorney we did not know. He very quickly put our minds to rest."

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