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Peter Gerstenzang

DUI and DWI Attorney at Albany, NY

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  • Licensed for 52 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1972
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Peter Gerstenzang is the senior partner in the Albany law firm of Gerstenzang, Sills, Cohn & Gerstenzang. He is a 1970 graduate of Albany Law School. He is one of only four lawyers in New York State who have been Board Certified as specialists in DUI Defense Law by the National College for DUI Defense ("NCDD"). The NCDD is the only organization accredited by the American Bar Association to certify attorneys as specialists in DUI law.* His practice focuses on Criminal Defense with an emphasis on DWI cases and Vehicular Crimes. In addition, Mr. Gerstenzang is listed as a top DWI attorney in the following publications: The Best Lawyers in America®The New York Area's Best Lawyers®, and New York Super Lawyers® Upstate Edition 2014. He is listed as one of the "Top 25 Hudson Valley Super Lawyers 2010" regardless of category.

Mr. Gerstenzang commenced his legal career as a prosecutor for the United States Army in the Republic of Vietnam. From 1972 to 1975, he was an Assistant District Attorney for the County of Albany. Certified as a breath test operator, he taught at the New York State Police Academy in their Breath Test Training Program for 12 years. Mr. Gerstenzang currently serves as a Dean Emeritus and Fellow of the National College for DUI Defense, which holds an annual seminar in Cambridge, Massachusetts on the campus of Harvard Law School. He previously served on NCDD's Board of Regents from 2003 to 2013, as Assistant Dean in 2012-2013, and Dean in 2013-2014.  His book, Handling the DWI Case in New York, published annually by Thomson/West, is considered a standard reference for the defense of Driving While Intoxicated cases.

Awards

Client's Choice 2015,2013
Client's Choice
2015 2013

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Gerstenzang, Sills, Cohn & Gerstenzang

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Client's Choice 2015
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Posted by anonymous | September 25, 2020
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Best DWI lawyers in NY
I feel very fortunate to have chosen this firm for a very unfortunate incident involving a DUI. Patrick Campion represented me at the criminal hearing and could not have hoped for a better result! Everyone has been extremely professional and sensitive to my situation and have kept me informed throughout the process. If you have any troubles with the law and drinking and driving, this is the group to hire.
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Posted by anonymous | June 16, 2020
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The Eliminator
Nothing is more demoralizing than being charged with a DWI. I know because it happened to me twice but remember you have only been charged; you have been convicted of nothing. That’s where the Gerstenzang Law Firm comes into play. Peter Gerstenzang has written the book on DWI law and nobody knows it better. The law clerk in my first case all most fell over when he walked in, she had been to many of Peters seminars. My second case the Judge says Mr. Gerstenzang it is an honor to have you in my courtroom. From the first time you talk to Peter you will get the sense that dam this guy believes he’s going to win and it will relieve the pressure you have been under believe me. This is the best DWI law firm in the country bar none. Do not let anyone talk you into getting anyone else or settling for DWAI, get your charges dismissed. If your officer made any mistake with ticket, probable cause, roadside test or the machine, they will find it and your problem will be solved. If you are considering the Gerstenzang Law Firm, you have found the best, now hire them. Unfortunately, 4 of my friends have also had to use them so now whenever someone get in trouble, we just call the” Eliminator”.
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Posted by anonymous | September 11, 2019
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One of the best!
Words cannot express how grateful I am to Peter and his firm. Peter not only has a passion for his work but is immensely knowledgeable. During the initial consultation, he spent over an hour discussing the incident and possible defenses. During our conversation, I felt that he truly cared and wanted to help. His insight into DWI laws is unmatched and after our initial phone call, I immediately felt like I was in good hands. After retaining Peter he continued to be available for any questions or concerns that I had. This was very reassuring as my case was fairly complex and involved a lot of moving parts. Peter made it a point to drive from Albany to Suffolk County where the incident occurred to meet me for my court appearance. Unfortunately, I was facing my second DWI in just under 10 years, which carried serious consequences. Peter was always open and honest about the situation and never promised a particular outcome. Fortunately, Peter was able to knock my charge down to a violation, which is truly a miracle. Peter is highly regarded by his peers and I could not imagine having anyone else represent me through this unfortunate time. Without a doubt, I would recommend Peter to anyone looking for a dedicated, hard-working and truly passionate attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | April 23, 2019
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Peter cleared my DUI!
I was arrested in Bolton County last July with a BAC of 0.08, while I was protecting myself from an assault. As a Canadian citizen on temporary work visa, having a DUI on my record would make me inadmissible to the United States and ruin my entire career. Even worse, I was under a huge pressure to get this case resolved before my visa expiration date. I immediately did my research and immediately found that Peter would be the ideal attorney to work with. He took my case as if I was his son and fought for me until the very end. He has 50+ years of expertise in DUI/DWI and he is very well recognized and respected by the prospectors which makes it a huge plus. At the end, which my charges were dropped to Disorderly Conduct violation which is even lesser than a DWAI. Given the severity of my situation, this outcome was a miracle. Peter was not only a lawyer but a father for me. He was by my side throughout the whole process but he also did not hesitate a second to tell his honest opinion. I felt in great comfort having him as my lawyer and I cannot think of anybody else who could get me out of this situation. Thank you Peter.
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Posted by anonymous | December 29, 2018
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Tara
It is with the highest regard that I post this review of Peter Gerstenzang. From our very first conversation to the last day we met in court Peter was thoughtful in his representation. My case was time consuming and at times complicated. Peter and his wife Karen were always immediately available to answer my questions and when needed, they offered support and guidance through a difficult process. Joan from the office was helpful and kind. She guided me through the paperwork with endless patience. One would be smart to not only hire Peter and his incredible firm but also take time to listen to his sage life advice along the process.
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Posted by David V. | March 24, 2018
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Expert DWI Counsel
After our son was charged with a DWI offense, we met with Peter Gerstenzang and he provided us with guidance and addressed all of our many questions. He obviously has a tremendous command of the NYS laws concerning DWI and the strategies to mount a defense. I have read his law article on this subject and they were very helpful to understanding how his firm develops a defense. We were very comfortable with his presentation and ultimately hired his him for our sons representation. We would highly recommend the Gerstenzang firm. They exceeded our expectations. David V.
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Posted by anonymous | March 15, 2018
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Life Saver
Peter was there for me when it mattered the most. Throughout my entire case he was never more than a call or text message away, ready to answer my questions and educate me about the process. No question was ever too small or unimportant, I always received a call back or a message as soon as it was possible. Peter was always honest and up front about the challenges of my case and the possible outcomes. There was never a moment when I was surprised or confused by what was happening. His honesty, compassion, and communication with me allowed me to trust him completely; this gave me the peace of mind to focus on myself and what I had to do in my life, leaving the legal side of the equation totally in his hands. His counsel and advice allowed me the second chance I needed most, and gave me the opportunity to live life without a black cloud over my head. I will be forever grateful to Peter, Joe, and the rest of their talented firm. They are truly life savers. I cannot recommend them highly enough.
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Posted by anonymous | August 18, 2017
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Above and beyond!
When we first went to meet with Mr. Gerstenzang, I noticed all the plaques and awards of recognition for being a DUI/DWI attorney. I was questioning my decision to meet with him as we were seeking council in regards to a criminal matter. I am so glad we hired Mr. Gerstenzang, he is so much more than a DUI/DWI attorney. Our case was open for two years before it was resolved and Peter was great to work with. Peter took the time to explain everything to us, he was very prompt at returning phone calls, e-mails, answering any and all questions anytime of day or night and always great at keeping us informed of any progress in the case. . . . Our case has been settled and we are please with the outcome and grateful we had Mr. Gerstenzang representing us.
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Posted by Stephen | June 16, 2017
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Couldnt have been better!
So long story short, I had 3 DWI within 25 years, and my outcome was not going to be pretty. I was looking at some serious charges. Life happens but Peter Gerstenzangs and Joe Gerstenzang did an amazing job. They have amazing customer service and are top of their field in knowing outcomes and resolutions to these issues. If I could give them 10 stars I would. Do yourself a favor and utilize their services. I have no doubt that you will be anything but satisfied.
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Posted by chris | March 31, 2017
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The best firm i have ever delt with when i saw know hioe
Peter and his firm are genuine down to earth people that treat you with respect and are not judge mental people at all. Just when I saw my life crash right in front of me and saw no hope I reached out to Peter and his firm, they gave me a appointment and I came in for my consultation and explained everything in detail about my dwi and they made me feel like I was back in my shoes again with know worries. The encouraged me to move forward with my life and that they would deal with the issue at hand without involving me as much as possible . I am fortunate enough to have had them represent me not once but twice I guess I didn't learn my lesson the first time or just missed them being such a great part of my life lol. They made the impossible possible for me and as of today im a licensed by state driver and I have all but to say Thank you to you Peter and to your firm you are truly a man who believes in people and also knows that we all make mistakes not once but sometimes twice in my matter and never judged me and fought to the end with the best outcome of results for me so with this said I would like to thank you and your firm for a job well done or in my situation another job well done. Thanks Chris
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Posted by Phil | July 28, 2016
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Peter is the best at what he does
In my opinion, Peter Gerstenzang is without a doubt, the best DWI Attorney in the country. He handled my case with sheer professionalism, knowledge, kindness, and patience. He explained everything to me in detail as to what he was doing, and would never let the conversation end unless he was sure that I understood his every word. He has a son named Joe, who is following in his footsteps and is like a clone of Peter, as far as being a phenominal lawyer, and a perfect gentleman. I know this may sound crazy, but Peter and Joe Getstenzang, made getting a DWI a wonderful experience for me. They are two of the finest gentlemen that I have ever met.
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Posted by Scott T. | July 27, 2016
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Simply the Best
Peter is, without doubt, the best attorney in this area of law in the North East and maybe the country. More importantly, he truly cares about his clients ( hard to believe in an attorney). The first and foremost concern he had, was that I get help for my drinking problem. If I wasn't willing to do that, than he would not take my case. I consider him part of my asset team that I use to stay sober and to get my life back together. I also consider him to be a friend. Everyone knows him and everyone respects him, including most importantly the judge. Without a doubt, he provided me with the best possible legal advice and service and it was at a reasonable price. Because I was willing to do exactly what he asked, we were able to get an unprecedented sentence. I can recommend him, without any reservation, to anyone willing to be honest about their legal problems and take responsibility for creating them. When I first spoke with him, he said he "hoped one day I would look back on my arrest as the best day of my life". I can honestly say that today, I feel that this is true. He has helped to give me my life back and for this, I will always owe a debt of gratitude. He is simply, the Best!
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Posted by Stephen | February 23, 2016
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Excellence Defined
I contacted Peter after being accused of a second DWI offense, which in New York State, is a felony and a certain career-ender, as I am an attorney. I remembered his name from a seminar I attended years ago that he was teaching for attorneys regarding DWI defense. Peter was immediately responsive and advised me of the severity of the situation and my possible options. Moreover, he knew the district attorney and was familiar with all local courts and judges. Essentially, I was looking at possible jail time and likely disbarment. After extensive negotiations, I was afforded the opportunity to plead to a misdemeanor upon certain conditions. Among them was enrollment in the NYC Bar Association's Attorney Assistance Program, which aids lawyers with substance abuse or other problems. In addition, I agreed to wear an alcohol-sensing anklet for a year and attend AA meetings on a daily basis. I completed this program and was able to enter the reduced plea. I mention the above as I believe it was the first time ever that an offender in my situation was able to avoid a felony conviction without jail time, if at all. This I attribute to Peter's knowledge and creativity in suggesting and fashioning such an approach. Peter saved my career. I can fully recommend Peter and his firm (his son Joseph and associate Jim Davis were also of great help). As a final footnote, through Peter's sharp insistence and the Attorney Assistance Program, I was able to put alcohol behind me for good, and am grateful for the freedom that has bestowed upon me.
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Posted by mark hayden | January 11, 2016
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JIM DAVIS IS AWESOME!!!!
I Googled "best dui lawyer in albany" Peter Gerstenzang came up, so I called and scheduled a meeting, when I got there I was told I would be seeing Jim Davis, I was a little concerned I wasn't seeing Peter but After meeting with Jim Davis I felt confident I was in the right place. Long story short, I had planned on fighting the charges but Jim worked his magic and my charges were dropped to Reckless driving. Thanks Google I feel like I got the best DUI attorney in Albany!
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Posted by Matt | October 22, 2015
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Excellent and Honest Service
I called Peter's office on a Saturday afternoon. He met with me the next day, Sunday, and sat with me for at least an hour discussing my situation. I had been arrested for DWI and he completely explained my options and chances. Once we determined a course of action, he instructed me of several steps to take pre-trial, that resulted in smooth proceedings. When the court sent two errant tickets related to the incident several months later, I called Peter, who was out of town, and someone else from his practice took care of it immediately. Honest and effective lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | September 24, 2015
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The best DWI lawyer in the country and a honest man
From the first time i talked with Peter I had a good feeling about him. He was genuine and honest. It was only after talking to a family lawyer about my situation that i was sure that Peter was the lawyer i wanted. I asked the family lawyer about Peter and i said" i heard he is the best dwi lawyer in the state". The family lawyer got up from his chair and went over and got a book about 3 inches thick and said" he is not the best in the state, he is the best in the country". He put the book down in front of me and said he wrote the this book, the book on dwi defense. So at that point I knew the lawyer i wanted. Peter exceeded my expectations in my case. He did an outstanding job and he was also honest with me and cared what direction my life was going. He felt more like family to me than a lawyer representing me. I cant say enough about him and how he not only helped me in my case but in life too. Without question Peter would be my 1st recommendation for a lawyer.
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Posted by Jared | September 14, 2015
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There aren't enough kind words to give him.
I won't get into details but the severity of the crime would have ruined my life. I was falsely accused and Mr. Gerstenzang not only saw that but sought to it that justice prevailed in the end and I would not be found guilty. He did everything he possibly could, he would work tirelessly to make sure every detail of everything was covered/said/written down. There wasn't a stone un-turned and it was a massive relief having him on my side. I quite honestly wouldn't be in the spot I am now without him, he is a passionate, caring and loyal attorney who knows the law like the back of his hand and will do everything in his power to make sure his clients receive the best outcome possible.
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Posted by anonymous | September 10, 2015
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A lawyer who is passionate about DWI law and who truly understands and cares about his clients.
In my experiences in working with Peter Gerstenzang, he has been a consummate professional and demonstrates himself to be THE EXPERT when it comes to DWI laws in the state of NY. Some people go in to a career for a job and some people take it on as a true calling. Mr. Gerstenzang is the latter. Peter not only has a passion for the law but he also demonstrates a genuine concern for his client's well being. He is straightforward with the facts but always willing to think creatively in a way that the desired outcome is within the boundaries of justice while at the same time protective of his clients so that the law does not just destroy their lives. I highly recommend Peter should you be in need of representation by the best and most well respected lawyer in the business!!!! He will not let you down!!!
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Posted by Lisa | August 19, 2015
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A Caring Lawyer
Peter Gerstenzang is a kind, patient and caring person. He has helped my son from the minute I made that phone call to him in the middle of the night when my son got a DWI and landed in jail. He called me back first thing the next morning and advised me. He also recommended a fantastic rehabilitation facility for my sons addictions. Every time I have reached out to Peter with a question he gets right back to me with an answer. No waiting forever for a call back like so many lawyers do. He talks to me at a level I comprehend. My experience with him helping my son legally and personally with his issues has been really great. I would recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | November 4, 2014
DUI defense
Mr Gerstenzang is beyond knowledgable and proficient. He cares not just about his clients case but also about the whole person. He has been a Godsend to me and my family!!! An amazing lawyer and an amazing man!!!!
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Partner
  • Gerstenzang, Sills, Cohn & Gerstenzang
  • 1975 - Present
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Albany County District Attorney
  • 1972 - 1975
  • Instructor DWI Trial Testimony (part time)
  • New York State Police Academy
  • 1972 - 1984
  • Captain
  • United States Army
  • 1970 - 1971
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Education

  • Albany Law School of Union University
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1970

Associations

  • Big Apple DWI Program
  • Chair
  • 2007 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section, Traffic Safety Committee
  • Chairman
  • N/A
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • Founding Member
  • N/A
  • National College for DUI Defense, Inc. (NCDD)
  • Board Certified Specialist
  • N/A
  • National College for DUI Defense, Inc. (NCDD)
  • Dean
  • 2013 - 2014
  • National College for DUI Defense, Inc. (NCDD)
  • Assistant Dean
  • 2012 - 2013
  • National College for DUI Defense, Inc. (NCDD)
  • Regent
  • 2004 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • 2013 Upstate New York Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2012
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2011
  • Top 25 in Hudson Valley
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Top 25 in Hudson Valley
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2010
  • Top 25 in Hudson Valley
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2009
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2008
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2007
  • Board Certification In DUI Defense
  • National College For DUI Defense
  • 2005
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Publications

  • Thomson Reuters (updated and published annually)
  • Handling the DWI Case in New York
  • 2019

Speaking Engagements

  • The Big Apple XVIII DWI Program- New York City
  • Handling the DWI Case in New York
  • 2018
  • The Big Apple XVII DWI Program
  • Handling the DWI Case in New York
  • 2017
  • NACDL, September 2013 -- Las Vegas
  • Cross-Examination of the Arresting Officer
  • 2013
  • Representing a DWI Defendant in New York
  • DWI Defense
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

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DUI and DWI Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"He is the best there is at what he does, and a gentleman to boot. Bonus: he actually did write "the" book on DWI defense in New York. I was in a discovery conference the other day discussing a discovery request when the Judge asked "have you checked with Gerstenzang?""
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Other
"Mr. Gerstenzang is an expert is the field of DWI/DUI. I endorse him without hesitation or reservation."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"To say Peter cares about his clients, is knowledgeable about the law, and abides by all ethical rules would be accurate, but sorely understated. Peter takes on every case as if it is a personal mission to have his client acquitted. His trial techniques and insights into the psychology of DUI trials are sought out by lawyers across the country who pay a lot of money and take time from their practice to attend his seminars. However, reading his book and attending his lectures only get them so far. While they attempt to mimic his success in the courtroom, there is only one Peter Gerstenzang. One should only hire Peter if they want every opportunity to win their case. Peter is one of only a few a great lawyers. His distinction among other lawyers and desire to help all who seek him out is, in part, why he will become Dean of The National College for DUI Defense later this year."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Gerstenzang authored the Reference Book I rely on concerning DWI cases. Further, he was easily accessible by phone when I had a question concerning his area of practice concentration and not surprisingly, knew the answer and offered his knowledge."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I don't know Peter but to put it simply, he wrote the book we all rely upon, as do the Courts and the DA's even if they won't admit it. You can not do better."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know and admire Attorney Gerstenzang. He has earned a national reputation for effectively representing motorists accused of a crime. He has the necessary reputation, knowledge and experience to eliminate or minimize the consequences of the government's accusation. He is a very effective and skilled litigator who has the guts to stand up to the government and their accusations to demand evidence, not simply an accusation. He is highly ethical and trustworthy. I trust him. You should too."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Peter wrote the book on DWI practice that other New York DWI lawyers carry in their cars and keep in their offices. The depth of his knowledge on DWI defense is impressive, and so is his willingness to share that knowledge. If you need a DWI lawyer in or near Albany, this is THE firm to call."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Peter is so very persuasive,and articulate that he teaches us all how to be more effective trial lawyers and achieve the results which have eluded others who have not benefitted from his shared knowledge and vast trial experience.When I set to write my own state DUI practice publication,my publisher Thompson/West sent me Peter's New York DUI practice book to review,in order to show me just how it is done! I patterned my written volume after consulting Peter,and reading his definitive DUI treatise.Thank you for your asistance, Peter.New York drivers are indeed fortunate to have Peter Garstenzang in their corner,and it is my honor to give Peter my highest endorsement."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Peter Gerstenzang deserves a 10+ rating. He is the dean of New York DUI defense lawyers, literally the man who wrote the book. I endorse him enthusiastically."
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Albany DUI and DWI Lawyer Peter Gerstenzang
Peter Gerstenzang
DUI and DWI Attorney
Albany, NY
Licensed for 52 years
Virtual consultation available