James L. Riotto (Albany, New York)
James L. Riotto (Albany, New York)

James L. Riotto

AV Preeminent
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Licensed for 8 years

Serving Albany, NY (view address)

James L. Riotto

Credit cards accepted

Serving Albany, NY (view address)

About James L. Riotto

Serving Monroe County, Ontario County, Orleans County, Livingston County, Wayne County and Genesee County

James L. Riotto is a lawyer in Rochester who has an impressive law enforcement background combined with substantial criminal defense experience. His extensive experience as a state trooper and within law enforcement and criminal prosecution has provided him with a unique perspective that sets him apart from other Rochester criminal defense attorneys. Clients get the benefit of an attorney with a clear understanding of both sides of their legal issues.


State and federal law enforcement experience

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Riotto graduated from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Academy… Read more

Serving Monroe County, Ontario County, Orleans County, Livingston County, Wayne County and Genesee County

James L. Riotto is a lawyer in Rochester who has an impressive law enforcement background combined with substantial criminal defense experience. His extensive experience as a state trooper and within law enforcement and criminal prosecution has provided him with a unique perspective that sets him apart from other Rochester criminal defense attorneys. Clients get the benefit of an attorney with a clear understanding of both sides of their legal issues.


State and federal law enforcement experience

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Riotto graduated from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Academy in Glynco, Georgia with honors, and subsequently took positions as an officer with the Federal Bureau of Prisons and then with the New York State Department of Corrections. After being certified as a New York State Police Officer at the University Police Department at SUNY Oswego, in 2000 he became a New York State Trooper specializing in criminal investigations, traffic enforcement and DWI.

Mr. Riotto's education and experience provide him with detailed knowledge of the various systems, policies and procedures utilized by New York and federal law enforcement agencies. As a New York State Certified Instructor, he educated New York police recruits before deciding to use his experience to pursue a career in the legal field.


Legal background in criminal prosecution and defense

Mr. Riotto began his legal career by completing internships with state, city, county and federal judges in New York. In those positions, he researched various civil and criminal issues and assisted with drafting judicial opinions. During law school, he worked at the New York State Liquor Authority, where he reviewed investigative reports, Alcohol Beverage Control ("ABC") violations and liquor license applications, and helped decide whether to approve or deny the applications.

Before beginning his practice as a Rochester criminal defense attorney, Mr. Riotto took a position with the New York State Attorney General's Office, Criminal Prosecutions Bureau, where he researched investigations, drafted criminal charges and assisted in many high-profile criminal investigations into state agencies, including the New York State Police. Mr. Riotto went on to work at the Albany County District Attorney's Office, Major Offense Bureau, where he contributed to prosecuting several felony criminal matters, including DWI offenses.

In 2008, Mr. Riotto received the Daniel S. Dwyer Fellowship Stop DWI Award, established in 2001 and awarded to a law student to assist in the prosecution of DWI cases. The fellowship recipient must have achieved superior academic standing and have demonstrated an interest in criminal law. As a Rochester DWI attorney, he is able to utilize the experience he gained in that role. Read less

The Law Office of James L. Riotto

Areas of Law

  • General Practice
  • College Student Criminal Defense
  • DWI/DUI
  • Traffic Offenses
  • Parole and Probation Violations
  • Drug-Related Crimes
  • Felony Cases
  • Drug Crimes
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Federal Criminal Law
  • Criminal Conspiracy
  • White Collar Crime
  • White Collar Fraud
  • Homicide
  • Murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Mail Fraud
  • Wire Fraud
  • Money Laundering
  • Driving While Intoxicated
  • Vehicular Homicide
  • Sex Crimes
  • Sexual Assault
  • Weapons Charges
  • Burglary
  • Assault and Battery
  • Extortion
  • Theft
  • Embezzlement
  • Forgery
  • Wiretapping
  • Search and Seizure
  • Electronic Surveillance
  • Criminal Defense
  • White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Grand Jury Practice

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Attorney Reviews

Reviews

  • 4.9/5.0 77 reviews
  • Champion Badge Platinum

Communication

4.9

Responsiveness

4.9

Quality of Service

4.9

Value for Money

4.8
  • Traffic Violations

    Client Review  |  July 18, 2018

    Excellent service.

    Excellent service. Read less

  • Traffic Violations

    Client Review  |  June 23, 2018

    Mr. Riotto was able to get a minor speeding ticket successfully pled down to a Jaywalking violation, keeping the ticket from hitting my insurance or assigning any points. This was a welcome conclusion to a drawn out process (courtesy of the City of... Read more

    Mr. Riotto was able to get a minor speeding ticket successfully pled down to a Jaywalking violation, keeping the ticket from hitting my insurance or assigning any points. This was a welcome conclusion to a drawn out process (courtesy of the City of Rochester traffic court routinely postponing the case no less than 6 or 7 times). Communication and follow up throughout the entire process was excellent. Read less

  • Traffic Violations

    Client Review  |  February 21, 2018

    I hired Mr James L. Riotto for my speeding ticket defense case. Mr. Riotto exemplified the qualities of an attorney I expected and handled my case in the most professional manner. and my ticket was dismissed. I would highly recommend Mr. Riotto and h... Read more

    I hired Mr James L. Riotto for my speeding ticket defense case. Mr. Riotto exemplified the qualities of an attorney I expected and handled my case in the most professional manner. and my ticket was dismissed. I would highly recommend Mr. Riotto and his law firm to any prospective client. Read less

  • Traffic Violations

    Client Review  |  September 18, 2017

    In May 2017 I got a ticket in New York State for going slower than a speed limit on a freeway. As I work/live in San Diego, CA, I had to hire a lawyer to defend my case at the court. Although it took some time, the service I received from staff membe... Read more

    In May 2017 I got a ticket in New York State for going slower than a speed limit on a freeway. As I work/live in San Diego, CA, I had to hire a lawyer to defend my case at the court. Although it took some time, the service I received from staff members at James L. Riotto Law Office was superb. Whenever I got anxious, I would email them and they would update me on how the case was going. At the end of it all, I received a phone call/email saying that my ticket was dismissed! Read less

  • Traffic Violations

    Client Review  |  September 11, 2017

    My ticket was reduced from passing a stop sign to improper door opening. It went from a 3-point ticket that would appear on my NYS abstract to being a simple (but pricey) violation. I found Riotto's rate to be reasonable, considering the implications... Read more

    My ticket was reduced from passing a stop sign to improper door opening. It went from a 3-point ticket that would appear on my NYS abstract to being a simple (but pricey) violation. I found Riotto's rate to be reasonable, considering the implications of getting points on my license vs. paying a few hundred dollars. His office is also responsive to emails, and he is accessible, making communication with him easy. Overall, I would recommend him, but I would also recommend myself to be more careful Read less

  • Traffic Violations

    Client Review  |  August 11, 2017

    I hired this law office to handle one of my traffic citation of 4 points. They took their time to get me out of it without any penalties and no points. Moreover, No bad driving record. I really appreciate the way they handled the case.

    I hired this law office to handle one of my traffic citation of 4 points. They took their time to get me out of it without any penalties and no points. Moreover, No bad driving record. I really appreciate the way they handled the case. Read less

  • Traffic Violations

    Client Review  |  July 29, 2017

    Mr Riotto's office was very prompt and professional and kept me up to date with my case. He was able to get the points and fines significantly reduced for my traffic ticket. Compared to other offices in the area, the staff is very friendly and acce... Read more

    Mr Riotto's office was very prompt and professional and kept me up to date with my case. He was able to get the points and fines significantly reduced for my traffic ticket. Compared to other offices in the area, the staff is very friendly and accessible. The price was also very competitive compared to others in the upstate area. I would absolutely recommend Riotto's law firm. Read less

  • Criminal Law

    Client Review  |  June 04, 2017

    I highly recommend Mr. Riotto law office. They represented me for two cases I had and both of the cases we came out with a victory. If your looking for a lawyer that genuinely cares about your case Mr. Riotto and staff are your solution. Me and my fa... Read more

    I highly recommend Mr. Riotto law office. They represented me for two cases I had and both of the cases we came out with a victory. If your looking for a lawyer that genuinely cares about your case Mr. Riotto and staff are your solution. Me and my family thank you James and staff! Read less

  • Criminal Law

    Client Review  |  May 22, 2017

    Highly recommended great team of professionals!Exellent outcome!

    Highly recommended great team of professionals!Exellent outcome! Read less

  • General Practice

    Client Review  |  May 15, 2017

    I highly recommend Mr Riotto, helped me out greatly with my speeding ticket!

    I highly recommend Mr Riotto, helped me out greatly with my speeding ticket! Read less


Legal Community Activity & Contributions


Credentials

Position

Attorney

Admission Details

Admitted in 2011, U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
2012, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
2011, New York

Birth Information

Born in 1968
1968

Credit Cards Accepted
American Express Discover MasterCard Visa


Attorney FAQs

What year was this attorney first admitted to the bar?
James L. Riotto was admitted in 2011 to the state of New York.
Is this attorney Martindale-Hubbell Client Review rated?
Yes, James L. Riotto has a 4.9 Client Rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
Does this attorney accept major credit cards?
Yes, James L. Riotto will accept American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa.
What law school did this attorney attend?
James L. Riotto attended Albany Law School.
What year was this attorney's law firm established?
The Law Office of James L. Riotto was established in 2011.

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