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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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Licensed

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

Payment

Fees:

Retainer (always), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Christopher Michael Waters

    Brian is a fantastic lawyer who I have known since my legal career began. He is extremely knowledgeable and will always go the extra mile to help out his clients and colleagues. He is one of the first calls I make when I need advice from a fellow lawyer.

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  • Richard S. Pakola

    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.

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NJActive200006/25/2016
NYCurrently registered 199803/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Awards
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
AttorneyLaw Office Of Brian Berkowitz2002 - Present
Assistant Public DefenderRockland County Public Defender's Office2004 - 2013
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
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Rockland County Bar Association - Criminal Law CommitteeBoard Member2013 - Present
New York State Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2002 - Present
National Motorists AssociationMember2002 - Present
Rockland County Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
Alternatives to Incarceration Advisory BoardBoard Member2009 - 2012
Community Relations Board - Rockland County District Attorney's OfficeBoard Member2001 - 2002
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. H.S.Dismissed
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Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Roger Williams University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
Ramapo CollegeBusinessBS - 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