Practice Areas

Criminal Defense

If you or a loved one are charged with a crime in Dutchess County, Ulster County, or Orange County—and are looking for a trial attorney with the experience to provide you with knowledgeable, capable and compassionate legal representation call our office. Bruce A. Petito has over 35 years of criminal law trial practice. Our firm, in addition to having trial experience, does criminal appeals. Our attorneys are well versed in the courtroom, the law, and the nuances of advocating for our clients in our motions and papers.

Personal Injury

Having over 17 years of trial experience representing insurance companies as trial counsel, he knows what it takes to prove a case or provide the insurance adjuster with what is needed to settle the case.

Car Accidents

After the accident, you must make sure that you contact your insurance agent and report any damage to your car and any injury that was caused to you and/or any of your passengers. Make sure you have all of the other drivers information including; insurance, ownership and name and address. When the police officers arrive, make sure you find out what police precinct or state trooper barracks the officer is located. It is important to file certain papers promptly, such as an accident report with the NY Department of Motor Vehicles. No fault insurance forms should be requested and filled out--to ensure that your medicals are paid for.


There is no question that being accused of a DWI can have a dramatic affect on your life. Penalties include; jail, probation, exorbitant fines, and/or the revocation and suspension of your drivers licenses. Because of the prevalence of DWI prosecution, it is easy to underestimate the seriousness of being accused of a DWI. It is important, that you chose an attorney that is respected by the District Attorneys Office.

Family Law

You are not the only one; however, Child Custody and Visitation issues are all personal and unique to you and your family. We can help you navigate the emotional landscape that is your personal child custody, or visitation issue.

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