After a driving while intoxicated (DWI) police stop, you can face misdemeanor or even felony charges. But prior to arrest, you do not have the right to a lawyer. Until you can seek skilled legal representation from the Law Office of James L. Riotto, you need to understand what to do — and what not to do — to help protect your rights.
Experienced drunk driving defense attorneys in Rochester and Albany know the best methods for defending their clients. But your handling of a police stop can make a difference to your defense. The following tips can help:
During a traffic stop, police may ask your permission prior to conducting two types of tests. The potential consequences for refusing to take these tests include the following:
The law does not require you to take field sobriety tests, and you should politely refuse to take them. However, the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles explains that refusal to take a blood alcohol test can impose immediate fines and license revocation of a year or more. You can also request a blood test after arrest. Whatever the results, attorney James L. Riotto knows how to refute the evidence in many cases.
If police see prior DWI convictions on your record, they may be aggressive with you even if they never mention your driving record during the stop. Remember the importance of treating officers with due respect. Repeat offenders face increasingly severe penalties with each subsequent conviction. As soon as you have the right to an attorney, call DWI defense lawyer James L. Riotto.
As a former state trooper, James L. Riotto understands how DWI traffic stops work — and what actions can help or harm a case. If you face New York DWI charges, the Law Office of James L. Riotto protects your rights and works with you to provide the best possible outcome for your case. The firm 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.
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…
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…