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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DWI is a complicated and technical area of practice, with many pitfalls for attorneys who don't know the ins and outs of the relevant statutes and regulations. Brian specializes in this area and indisputably knows the ins and outs of the law. Even experienced attorneys, such as myself, consult him on complicated cases. In my opinion, he is one of the top DWI attorney's in the Hudson Valley region, and I endorse him without reservation. He is also, as is commented on throughout his other endorsements, a genuinely warm and good person.
Richard Pakola Family Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
Brian is an incredible attorney. He gained incredible knowledge when he worked in the D.A.'s office, and has carried that experience into his private practice. He is a great communicator, and is very well respected by his peers in the legal community, as well as the Judges that preside over his cases.
Jonathan Ripps Criminal Defense Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|2013 Top Contributor||Avvo||2013|
|2012 Clients' Choice Award||Avvo||2012|
|Top New York Lawyer||Arrive Magazine||2011|
|Forty Under 40||Rockland Economic Development Corporation||2008|
|Best Brief - Law School Moot Court Competition||Roger Williams University School of Law||1998|
|Finalist - Law School Moot Court Competition||Roger Williams University School of Law||1998|
|Attorney||Law Office Of Brian Berkowitz||2002 - Present|
|Assistant Public Defender||Rockland County Public Defender's Office||2004 - 2013|
|Senior Assistant District Attorney||Rockland County District Attorney's Office||1998 - 2002|
|Student Attorney||Criminal Defense Clinic - Roger Williams University School of Law||1997 - 1998|
|Summer Associate||Cetrulo & Capone, LLP||1997 - 1997|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Rockland County Bar Association - Criminal Law Committee||Board Member||2013 - Present|
|Alternatives to Incarceration Advisory Board||Board Member||2009 - 2012|
|New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2002 - Present|
|National Motorists Association||Member||2002 - Present|
|Rockland County Bar Association||Member||2002 - Present|
|Community Relations Board - Rockland County District Attorney's Office||Board Member||2001 - 2002|
|Berklaw.com||When an Out of State Driver Gets a Ticket in New York||2012|
|Berklaw.com||"Operation Hang Up" Targets Cell Phone Users||2012|
|Berklaw.com||Distracted Driving - Texting While Driving||2012|
|Berklaw.com||DWI and the Holidays||2011|
|Roger Williams University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1998|
|Ramapo College of New Jersey||Business||BS - Bachelor of Science||1995|
|Youth Academy - Town of Clarkstown Police Department||An Introduction to the Criminal Justice System||2013|
|Weekly Meeting - New City Rotary Club||Driving While Intoxicated--What's New and What's at Risk||2013|
|Rockland County Bar Association - Criminal Law Committee||Recent Developments in the Defense of DWI cases||2013|
|Youth Academy - Town of Clarkstown Police Department||The Defense and Prosecution of a Criminal Case in New York||2012|
|Youth Academy - Town of Clarkstown Police Department||Criminal Defense: A Former Prosecutor's Prospective||2012|
|Youth Academy - Town of Clarkstown Police Department||The New York State Criminal Justice System||2011|
|Introduction to Courts||Criminal Defense: A Former Prosecutor's Prospective||2011|
|Youth Academy - Town of Clarkstown Police Department||The Defense and Prosecution of Criminal cases in the State of New York||2010|
|Introduction to Courts||The Role of the Criminal Defense Attorney||2010|
|Youth Academy - Town of Clarkstown Police Department||The Anatomy of a Criminal Case in the State of New York||2009|
|Youth Academy - Town of Clarkstown Police Department||From Arrest to Trial – A Review of the Criminal Justice System||2008|
|NYSACDL - Continuing Legal Education Program||DWI Suspension Pending Prosecution: Can It Be Avoided?||2008|