If you have been arrested for a DWI in New York City, Long Island or Westchester, we can help. We have experience in every court throughout southern New York State. The Law Offices of Adam D. Perlmutter has 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.
DWI law is complex, and Adam Perlmutter and his team have the unique education, training and experience necessary to defend your New York DWI case throughout NYC, Long Island and in Westchester.
New York law can trigger up to three cases from a DWI arrest.
First, a DWI criminal case that can either be charged as a misdemeanor or felony. Usually the cases are misdemeanors unless you have a prior conviction, are arrested for DWI while driving a minor, or there is a serious accident with injuries.
Second, if you refuse to take a breath test, you will also have a DMV Refusal Hearing where you can lose your license of to a year (18 months for commercial driver’s licenses).
- URGENT: If you have been arrested for a New York DUI / DWI and refused to take a breath test, you have a DMV Refusal Hearing scheduled soon and you must appear or you will lose your license for one year. If you have already missed your refusal hearing we may still be able to help.
Third, your car may also be subject to potential forfeiture by the NYPD or a county attorney depending on where you were arrested. We can help you with all three of these cases.
DWI defense is a complicated area of law that requires a deep understanding of Field Sobriety Tests, Chemical Tests, all of the immediate consequences, possible penalties, and elements of the offense. A DWI arrest can result in many related charges and special challenges for out of state drivers and specialized license holders. The Law Offices of Adam Perlmutter brings a deep understanding of all these aspects to each case.
The Law of a DWI
DWI defendants in New York are typically charged with violating three different statutes: New York Vehicle & Traffic Law §§1192(1), (2) and (3).
VTL §1192(3) relates to a person operating a motor vehicle while their ability to do so is substantially impaired by alcohol.
VTL §1192(2) charges driving while intoxicated for operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content equal to or in excess of .08%. It does not matter what the driving pattern is like, or whether you performed Field Sobriety Tests with textbook precision. It is a charge that is based purely on body chemistry. Both VTL §1192(2) and (3) are unclassified misdemeanor charges that will leave someone with a permanent criminal record.
VTL §1192(1) is a traffic infraction but still has serious consequences including doubling the cost of your car insurance for ten years, barring your entry to Canada for five years, and making you unable to rent a car for three years.
The Law Offices of Adam D. Perlmutter concentrates on New York DWI defense. Adam Perlmutter and his team have defended hundreds of New York DWI / DUI cases. Adam Perlmutter is certified in standardized field sobriety testing and in the operation of the Intoxilyzer 5000EN breath test device used by the NYPD. His firm stands ready to defend your New York DWI case. Adam Perlmutter also enjoys the coveted ranking as the only Superlawyer for DWI defense in the New York City area, a peer review honor that singles out attorneys who are at the highest level of skill and integrity.