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John H. LoTurco

Partner / Head of Suffolk County Criminal Practice Group
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John LoTurco, Esq. is a nationally recognized Criminal Defense Attorney whose cases have received national and international attention. Mr. LoTurco’s cases have been reported on CNN, NBC, FOX, CBS, ABC, Good Morning America, News 12 Long Island, WCBS 880 Radio, 1010 WINS News Radio, The New York Times, New York Post, the New York Daily News, Newsday, and various other news sources. John LoTurco has provided his expert opinion on other criminal matters reported in The New York Times, the New York Post, Newsday, and News 12 Long Island. Mr. LoTurco's cases have been featured on the ID Channel and the television show “Snapped”, “Nancy Grace” and “Dr. Oz”. Mr. LoTurco has been practicing criminal law for over 25 years and has had over 100 trials go to verdict and is considered by many in the legal community to be one of the most prominent and successful Criminal Defense Attorneys on Long Island. Mr. LoTurco has received numerous acquittals and dismissals in Suffolk County, Nassau County, New York County, Kings County, the Eastern District of New York and numerous Justice Courts across Long Island. Mr. LoTurco handles all criminal cases from Federal matters to local Driving While Intoxicated matters. Mr. LoTurco is a former trial prosecutor for the Major Crime Bureau and Narcotics Bureau of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. Mr. LoTurco had over 25 jury trials during his 5 year career as a Suffolk prosecutor with a 100% conviction rate. In his 20+ year career as a Criminal Defense Attorney, Mr. LoTurco has had over 75 trials with a significant percentage resulting in acquittals. Mr. LoTurco has also been named Top 100 Trial Lawyer in the nation since 2014 until present day.

Mr. LoTurco has coached the Huntington High School Mock Trial Team since his son founded the team in 2015. The 2018 team finished in 3rd place in New York State in May 2018. In 2022, the Huntington High School Mock Trial Team won the Suffolk County Championship, and finished in second place in New York State out of over 400 teams. Mr. LoTurco also previously coached the Touro Law School Mock Trial Team. In addition, Mr. LoTurco has also lectured on trial advocacy at the Suffolk County Criminal Bar Association, the Suffolk County Bar Association, and Touro Law School.

As a former Narcotics prosecutor, Mr. LoTurco has handled thousands of drug cases on Long Island and New York City boroughs including the Eastern District of New York and the Southern District of New York in Federal matters. Mr. LoTurco has received numerous acquittals in Narcotics matters, dismissals, suppression of evidence, and no true bills after Grand Jury presentations. Mr. LoTurco has prosecuted and defended numerous wiretap investigations. Mr. LoTurco regularly represents clients charged with Operating as a Major Trafficker in State Court and Narcotics Conspiracy and Racketeering in Federal Court.

Mr. LoTurco is a former major offense prosecutor who has handled numerous Homicides, Manslaughters, Robberies, Assaults, and other violent crimes. Mr. LoTurco has had numerous acquittals, dismissals, no true bills on Homicides, Robberies, Assaults, Kidnapping in Suffolk, Nassau, and the Eastern District of New York.

In reference to sex offense cases, John LoTurco has had acquittals on numerous Rape and Sex Abuse cases in both Suffolk and Nassau County. He has also had acquittals in New York County in a Prostitution Ring case.

In DWI matters including DWI fatalities, John LoTurco has had over 40 DWI-related trials with a significant percentage resulting in acquittals. John LoTurco has handled thousands of DWI cases across Long Island and the boroughs of New York City.

Most of all, Mr. LoTurco is known for his trial skills including his artful and crafty cross-examinations of police officers and aggressive yet tactful examinations of leading prosecution witnesses. His highly persuasive and thoughtful closing arguments are regularly ordered by the District Attorney’s Office for training their staff as well as police departments. Mr. LoTurco’s prominence also leads to highly successful plea dispositions in his clients’ favor.


  • America’s Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys 2018-2022
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers 2014-2022
  • 2018 Suffolk County Criminal Bar Association Criminal Practitioner of the Year
  • Rated by Super Lawyers 2020


  • Suffolk County Bar Association
  • Suffolk County Criminal Bar Association, Past Board of Directors
  • New York State Association of Criminal Lawyers

Contact Mr. LoTurco today at (888) 779-0267.


  • Albany Law School of Union University Graduate School
  • Ithaca College College
  • New York State Bar
  • United States District Court, EDNY/SDNY
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