Drunk Driving Lawyers New York

New York DWI Defense Lawyers

In need of a New York DUI Lawyer or DWI Defense Attorney?

If you have been arrested for a DUI or DWI in New York City, Long Island or Westchester, we can help.

The DWI / DUI attorneys at Perlmutter & McGuinness, P.C. have over a decade of experience in successfully defending New York drunk driving, DUI / DWI, drinking and driving, and driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) cases.

New York DWI law is complex, and our attorneys have the unique education, training and experience necessary to defend your case throughout NYC or in any court throughout southern New York State. We are certified in standardized field sobriety testing and in the operation of the Intoxilyzer 5000EN breath test device used by the NYPD.

Adam Perlmutter also enjoys the coveted ranking as, a peer review honor that singles out attorneys who are at the highest level of skill and integrity.


No matter what the circumstances, being arrested for DWI / DUI can be a stressful and upsetting experience. Perhaps you were stopped at a drunk driving checkpoint on your way home after a few drinks at an office party or at a restaurant. Or maybe you were involved in serious car accident that resulted in a DWI / DUI investigation.

Whatever the case may be, an arrest for drunk driving necessitates quick action in order to protect your rights and preserve your right to drive. You need an experienced New York DWI / DUI lawyer who appreciates the seriousness of your situation and will help you to navigate the system during this critical time.

What You Need To Understand

DUI and DWI cases are a complex intersection between criminal justice and science. No other crime has a purported scientific test that supposedly tells you automatically whether you are guilty or innocent. No other charge is more frequently leveled against otherwise completely law abiding citizens.

Our DWI clients comprise some of the most successful business people, professionals and artists in the world. They are not criminals and very often have not done anything wrong. Simply stated: A DWI arrest can happen to anyone. If you have a glass of wine at dinner and do not stop completely for a stop sign, you can be arrested and charged in New York for committing the crime DWI. Because of this very scary fact, you need a team of lawyers that understands and studies DWI law with the focus and determination of attorneys practicing at the highest level of the bar. You will see from the information contained on our website that we care deeply about providing the highest quality representation to individual charged with DWI. We look forward to the privilege of helping you too.

The Elements of the Offense

Every DWI case presents a unique set of facts and challenges, but every in every case the prosecutor must establish the same basic elements: (1) Driving/ Operation; (2) Of a Motor Vehicle; (3) On a Public Highway; (4) While Intoxicated or Impaired, proven by either by Per Se Intoxication or Totality of the Circumstances;

The standard of proof in a New York DUI / DWI criminal case is guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. This means that each and every element of the charged offense must be established by the prosecutor in order to convict a defendant of Driving While Intoxicated. Since the burden to convict rests with the prosecutor, drivers are not required to present any evidence in their defense at trial. However, an experienced New York City DWI lawyer will determine prior to trial whether to put forth a case on behalf of his/her client.

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