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Justice Through Expertise in DWI Defense
|NY||Due to reregister within 30 days of birthday||1993||06/26/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|10 Year Service Award||Pace Law School||2012|
|Partner||Barket, Marion, Epstein and Kearon||2012 - Present|
|Adjunct Professor||Pace University Law School||1998 - Present|
|Attorney||The Law Office of Steven Epstein||1998 - 2012|
|Staff Attorney||The Legal Aid Society Of New York||1992 - 1998|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Nassau County Bar Association, Nassau Academy of Law||Member||2011 - Present|
|National College of DUI Defense||General Member||2008 - Present|
|Bronx Bar Association||Member||1998 - Present|
|New York Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||N/A||N/A|
|People v. Ault||Not Guilty verdict|
|People v. Lopresti||Not Guilty after trial|
|See all legal cases|
|Atticus||What to do in the Midnight Hour||2016|
|Lawline 360||Detecting Marijuana Impaired Drivers: A Lesson in History||2016|
|Atticus||The Evolution of Confrontation||2015|
|Inside the Minds (Aspatore Books)||Strategies for Defending DWI Cases in New York, 2014 ed||2014|
|New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NYSACDL)||The GERD Defense in a DWI Case||2014|
|New York State Defenders Association||The GERD Defense in a DWI Case||2014|
|New York Law Journal||DWI Proposals Cast Too Wide a Net, New York Law Journal, May 29, 2013, Letters to the Editor.||2013|
|New York Law Journal||Bill Strengthening Child Passenger Safety Law Takes Effect Nov. 1, New York Law Journal, August 22, 2013, Outside Counsel, P. 4.||2013|
|Atticus (NYSACDL)||Telling the Story in a DWI Case||2013|
|Aspatore Book publication||Inside the Minds: Handling a DWI Case in New York 2013||2013|
|Aspatore Book publication||Inside the Minds: Handling a DWI Case in New York||2011|
|Aspatore Book publication||Strategies for Defending DWI Cases in New York||2011|
|Pace University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1992|
|State University of New York, College at Oneonta||N/A||BS - Bachelor of Science||N/A|
|Training Seminar||Handling the DWI Case From Arraignment Through Hearings||2016|
|Cutting Edge Criminal Defense||The Basics of Gas Chromatography||2016|
|Cross to Kill 2016||“10 Concepts You Need to Understand to do a Cross Examination of the Breath Test Operator in a DUI Case.”||2016|
|CLE Lecture||DWI and the Law: What to do in the Midnight Hour||2016|
|Cannabis and Cars||Cannabis and Cars: What you Need to Know to Defend a Marijuana DUI Case. “Where the Government is Taking Us,”||2016|
|The Nuts and Bolts of Handling a DWI Case||Handling the Probable Cause Hearing||2015|
|Meeting to review drug recognition and impairment research hosted by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in Washington, D.C.||Driving While Impaired by Drugs||2015|
|Mastering Scientific Evidence||Presenting Complex Scientific Evidence in Simple Terms to a Jury: Mastering Scientific Evidence in DUI/DWI Cases, National College for DUI Defense and Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. New Orleans, LA||2015|
|Fourth Annual Man vs. Machine: Blood, Sweat and Breath||The Basics of Blood Testing and Gas Chromatography||2015|
|DWI Series||Three Part DWI Series: Storytelling in DWI Cases; PBT-Keeping the Preliminary Breath Test Out and What To Do If It Comes In; and Man v. Machine the Intoxilyzer 5000EN||2015|
|CLE||DWI 101: What to do in the Midnight Hour||2015|
|Training Seminar||Advanced Issues in Breath Testing||2014|
|Pace Law School||The Science of Breath Testing and the Tools to Defeat it.||2014|
|New York State Bar Association||Handling the DWI Case in New York – Commercial Licenses, Underage Offenders and Out-of-State Defendants||2014|
|Mid-Hudson Trainer||Telling the Story in a DWI Case||2014|
|Man vs. Machine||Third Annual Man vs. Machine: The Breath Test Case on Trial||2014|
|Handling the DWI Case in New York||Commerciall Licenses, Underage Offenders and Outof State Defendants||2014|
|Appellate Division, First Department||The PBT: How to Keep it Out of Evidence and What to do When it Comes in.||2014|
|The Intoxilyzer 5000 On Trial||DWI||2013|
|New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Cross to Kill: Cross of the Breathalyzer Technician||2013|
|Man v. Machine 2||Breath Testing in a DWI Case||2012|
|DWI Defense||DWI Training||2012|
|Man vs. Machine||DWI||2011|
|Cross Examination of the DWI Breath Technician Assigned Counsel Trainer||DWI||2010|
|Bronx County Bar CLE||Refusal Hearings||2010|
Posted by Josephine
I was arrested for an aggravated DWI in March 2015. I had never been in trouble with the law and I was extremely emotional after I was released from the New York County jail the following day. I felt defeated as I was informed that I did not qualify for a Public Defender to represent me and being from New Jersey I had no clue where to begin with exploring my options for an experienced lawyer to represent me. I was charged with four charges: (1) Aggravated DWI, (2) DWI per se (over legal limit of .08), (3) DWI under the common law, and (4) Driving while my ability to operate a motor vehicle was impaired by alcohol.
I met with two lawyers prior to meeting with Steven. After every consultation my father and I never left confident that they would be able to defend me in such a difficult case. Steven was recommended to me through a friend who happened to be with me the morning I was arrested. The minute I spoke with his paralegal, Suzanne, to schedule a consultation I felt a genuine sense of compassion from her. Prior to meeting with Steven he had requested that the District Attorney (DA) provide him with my paperwork in order to obtain further information and provide me with better feedback. In calling to request my documents, the DA immediately inquired about how I found Steven and stated that he was the best in the state of New York.
Feeling much more reassured about the decision to have Steven represent me, my father and I met with him at his Manhattan office. During the meeting with Steven, he was extremely detailed and I knew he thoroughly reviewed my paperwork from the night of the incident. My father and I felt comfortable with proceeding with Steven given his extensive knowledge and the confidence we had in him to represent me appropriately.
The overall process was extremely stressful and emotional for me. I worked so hard to be where I was personally and professionally with my career and I did not want to lose it all. I was facing possible criminal charges that would impact my background. Steven reassured me of the potential consequences and also expressed to me various times that having a DWI would not severely impact me in the way that I feared.
It took one year and 10 months for my case to finally go to trial. Prior to the trial, a pre-trial was held two months before. Steven tried to accommodate me as much as possible since my current employer was unaware of me legal situation and I was challenged with not having many vacation or personal days to take off from work.
My case was so difficult that Steven was realistic with me and explained that if the verdict was not guilty on the first three and then guilty on the last it would still be considered a win. Steven remained poised throughout our days in court and really did a great job of identifying areas within my case to focus in on that favored me. Steven is very knowledgeable and effectively supports all the evidence presented with credible facts, which resulted in the jury reaching a verdict of not guilty for all four charges.
The time and money invested to have Steven successfully represent me was worth it. Steven and Suzanne gave me a second chance at life and I feel truly blessed.
Posted by anonymous
The laws surrounding DUI are complicated and the implications of a conviction are far further reaching than one may realize. In order to mount a successful defense, you truly need an attorney who is a demonstrated expert in the field. Steven Epstein is such an individual. From his many accolades to his numerous invitations as a guest lecturer, there is no second guessing his credentials.
I found myself in an unfortunate situation where I had been charged with a DUI, DWAI, texting while driving as well as failure to keep lane. I am a professional who has travels internationally for work. Thus my career and immigration were dependent on the outcome of this case.
This unfortunate event happened after only having been in the USA for approximately 30 days. As I was new to the area, I hired a lawyer based on a recommendation, who is a named partner in his firm and who purportedly is an expert in DUI law. I can tell you that this was a mistake. He initially stated he “was confident” he could win the case. However as time progressed, I began losing faith. Eight months later, after he burned through his large retainer, he was willing to take the first deal the DA office made.
I was almost ready to throw in the towel when Mr. Epstein’s name was brought to my attention.
I knew from my first call with him that this was the person I wanted representing me. He provided me with more information in one phone call than my original attorney could provide in eight months. Reinvigorated with a belief that I stood a fair chance of having justice, I immediately replaced my counsel with Mr. Epstein.
I am not an attorney and have minimal knowledge of the law; however, when Mr. Epstein’s team took over, it was like I upgraded from a 30 year old cheuvette to a brand new Ferrari in terms of quality. The first thing that struck me about Mr. Epstein and Ms. Leisenring was their attention to detail. While my original attorney seemed inattentive, Mr. Epstein’s team were all ears. When they spoke, it was clear they knew every relevant minutiae of the law. Their data collection was comprehensive and top quality. The motions that Mr. Epstein’s team filed made it clear how little my former attorney knew and how much more there was to my case. The second thing was the professionalism. Mr. Epstein and Ms. Leisenring were always available to speak, promptly returned phone calls and provided me with regular updates. This is paramount as going through this kind of ordeal can be quite anxiety provoking and it is a huge relief to be able to kept in the loop. After my experience with my previous attorney, I had a general distrust for lawyers, but Mr. Epstein’s team completely changed my outlook - I know that he genuinely believed in my case. Lastly, the brilliant outside-the-box thinking propels Mr. Epstein to a whole new level. He presented me with strategies that made me realize for the first time, that I could feel confident about winning. They say certain professions require a calling to the field - Steven undoubtedly was born to advocate.
In the end, I went from almost accepting a DWAI charge to having all charges dismissed except for texting while driving. This is where Steven shows his commitment to perfection: even though I considered this a huge victory, it wasn’t enough for him - he wanted the cherry on top. He went back to the table and negotiated down to a parking ticket. I even heard the judge comment that if he needed an attorney, he would want Mr. Epstein.
To Mr. Epstein, Ms. Leisenring and the staff at Barket, Marion, you have my utmost respect, admiration and gratitude. Thank you for bringing me justice and saving my career.
Vaneskha Hyacinthe, Immigration Attorney
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As a young public defender in Manhattan, I attended a DUI/DWI training led by Mr. Epstein. By the end, I felt confident that I had the skills I needed to competently represent my clients in court. I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer.
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