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Brian Howard Berkowitz

Brian Howard Berkowitz

Practice areas:

DUI & DWI, Criminal Defense, Speeding & Traffic Ticket

About Me


As a former prosecutor, I was appointed by the District Attorney of Rockland County as the Senior Assistant District Attorney in charge of the Driving While Intoxicated Bureau. While working in this supervisory role, I was responsible for the training of prosecutors and the review and assessment of every Driving While Intoxicated case brought before the District Attorney’s Office, as well as personally handling the most serious misdemeanor and felony Driving While Intoxicated cases from inception to trial. 

As a Criminal Defense Attorney, I utilize my insight and vast background and experience on both sides of the criminal justice system to diligently defend those charged with Driving While Intoxicated and all other Criminal matters before the Courts of Rockland County and the State of New York. 

A Driving While Intoxicated charge, unlike most other crimes, not only subjects you to criminal sanctions, but will also have serious ramifications on your driving privileges as early as the first Court appearance. The laws of the State of New York allow for the prompt and immediate suspension of your driving privileges based solely upon an alleged blood alcohol level (.08 or greater), as well as the immediate suspension of your driving privileges for refusing to submit to a chemical test to determine your blood alcohol concentration. 


If you or someone you care about has been charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) or any other Criminal matter, please call me at (845)-638-9200. 


DWI and Criminal Defense Lawyer (Attorney) serving All Rockland County (NY) Courts: Town of Clarkstown, Town of Ramapo, Town of Stony Point, Town of Haverstraw, Town of Orangetown, Village of Spring Valley, Village of Nyack, Village of Suffern, Village of South Nyack, Village of Piermont, Village of Airmont, Village of Haverstraw, Village of Wesley Hills, Village of Chestnut Ridge, Village of West Haverstraw, Village of Sloatsburg, Village of Grandview, Village of Upper Nyack, Village of New Square, Village of Hillburn, New York State Thruway and Palisades Interstate Parkway.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1998

  1. DUI & DWI: 75%
    16 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 20%
    16 years
  3. Speeding & Traffic Ticket: 5%
    16 years



Retainer (Always), Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

22 total 

  • James J. Sexton

    Brian Berkowitz is a very skilled criminal defense attorney. I have referred many clients to him over the past several years and everyone I send his way has thanked me for putting them into such good hands. He is respected by the bench and bar alike and is widely regarded as a skilled trial lawyer with a solid command of the law. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone seeking an experienced and ethical attorney for a criminal defense matter.


    James Sexton Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Lawrence Jason Zimmerman

    I endorse this lawyer's work. Brian is one of the hardest working attorneys in the business. He is dedicated to his clients by structuring multi-faceted defenses for all of his clients. He has a creative approach for every case which shows in every result he gets. He was THE former DUI prosecutor for Rockland County where he taught a lot of the current prosecutors. I would hire him for any DUI case.


    Lawrence Zimmerman Federal Crime Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Law Office of Brian Berkowitz

345 North Main Street
Suite 200
New City, NY, 10956


NYCurrently registered 199803/13/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
2013 Top ContributorAvvo2013
2012 Clients' Choice AwardAvvo2012
Top New York LawyerArrive Magazine2011
Forty Under 40Rockland Economic Development Corporation2008
Best Brief - Law School Moot Court CompetitionRoger Williams University School of Law1998
Finalist - Law School Moot Court CompetitionRoger Williams University School of Law1998

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Assistant Public DefenderRockland County Public Defender's Office2004 - 2013
AttorneyLaw Office Of Brian Berkowitz2002 - Present
Senior Assistant District AttorneyRockland County District Attorney's Office1998 - 2002
Student AttorneyCriminal Defense Clinic - Roger Williams University School of Law1997 - 1998
Summer AssociateCetrulo & Capone, LLP1997 - 1997

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Rockland County Bar Association - Criminal Law CommitteeBoard Member2013 - Present
Alternatives to Incarceration Advisory BoardBoard Member2009 - 2012
New York State Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2002 - Present
National Motorists AssociationMember2002 - Present
Rockland County Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
Community Relations Board - Rockland County District Attorney's OfficeBoard Member2001 - 2002

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
People v. H.S.Dismissed

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Roger Williams University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
Ramapo College of New JerseyBusinessBS - Bachelor of Science1995

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Youth Academy - Town of Clarkstown Police DepartmentAn Introduction to the Criminal Justice System2013
Weekly Meeting - New City Rotary ClubDriving While Intoxicated--What's New and What's at Risk2013
Rockland County Bar Association - Criminal Law CommitteeRecent Developments in the Defense of DWI cases2013
Youth Academy - Town of Clarkstown Police DepartmentThe Defense and Prosecution of a Criminal Case in New York2012
Youth Academy - Town of Clarkstown Police DepartmentCriminal Defense: A Former Prosecutor's Prospective2012
Youth Academy - Town of Clarkstown Police DepartmentThe New York State Criminal Justice System2011
Introduction to CourtsCriminal Defense: A Former Prosecutor's Prospective2011
Youth Academy - Town of Clarkstown Police DepartmentThe Defense and Prosecution of Criminal cases in the State of New York2010
Introduction to CourtsThe Role of the Criminal Defense Attorney2010
Youth Academy - Town of Clarkstown Police DepartmentThe Anatomy of a Criminal Case in the State of New York2009
Youth Academy - Town of Clarkstown Police DepartmentFrom Arrest to Trial – A Review of the Criminal Justice System2008
NYSACDL - Continuing Legal Education ProgramDWI Suspension Pending Prosecution: Can It Be Avoided?2008