Rochester Criminal Defense Attorney Fighting for Your Rights

The Law Office of James L. Riotto delivers aggressive, high-quality defense representation at an affordable price. The firm’s principal, James Riotto, draws on his broad experience as a federal and state corrections officer, New York State Trooper, prosecuting attorney and criminal defense lawyer to protect your rights and work towards a favorable resolution of the charges against you. Any brush with the law can be unnerving, but when you’re facing prison, jail, fines, and/or the loss of your driver’s license, you need a knowledgeable defense lawyer who is willing to challenge every element of the authorities’ case against you. New York’s criminal justice system is complex and can seem overwhelming, but the Law Office of James L. Riotto gives you a capable advocate who stands at your side through every step of the process.

Contact the Law Office of James L. Riotto today if you need legal assistance with any of the following:

Criminal Law

  • Assault
  • DWI
  • Repeat DWI
  • What to Do If Pulled Over for a DUI
  • Traffic Violations
  • License Suspension
  • Drug Crimes
  • Sex Crimes
  • Juvenile Crimes
  • Parole and Probation

Call 585-382-6229 today to arrange your free initial consultation.

Attorney James L. Riotto


  • New York, 2011
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, 2011
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York (federal practice), 2017


  • J.D., Albany Law School
  • Graduate, State University of New York College at Cortland
  • Graduate, with honors, Federal Law Enforcement Training Academy

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Monroe County Bar Association
  • Scholarship recipient from the New York State Greater Capital Chapter of the National Italian American Bar Association, 2009
  • Adjunct instructor at the Bryant and Stratton paralegal instructor program
  • Adjunct criminal law and procedure instructor at The College at Brockport University
  • Daniel S. Dwyer Fellowship Stop DWI Award, 2008
  • New York State Police Superintendents Accommodation Award, 2007
  • New York State Police DWI Arrest Recognition Award, 2003, 2004 and 2005

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  • A Spotless Record

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This attorney is Lead Counsel Verified in the following practice areas:

Practice Area Year
Drunk Driving Since 2016
Criminal Defense Since 2016
Practice Area Year
Drunk Driving Since 2016
Criminal Defense Since 2016
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