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Gary S Bernstein

DUI and DWI Attorney at Towson, MD

5.0   84 reviews
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  • Licensed for 48 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1975
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Gary

Learn Gary’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    50%
    I have been teaching how to defend DUI cases in Maryland for over 30 years. I have been recognized in Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America. I am a Specialist in these matters.

    45 years

  2. Criminal defense
    30%
    I handle all criminal cases whether felonies or misdemeanors. Drug cases, assaults, and sex offense cases make up the majority of my criminal practice. I am a former Assistant State's Attorney and was assigned to the Felony, White Collar Fraud Unit, as well as the misdemeanor unit. I am a Specialist in these matters.

    45 years

  3. Violent crime
    20%
    I have handled violent crimes as both a prosecutor and criminal defense attorney. Assault and sex offense cases make up a large portion of the violent crimes I handle. These are handled by special units in the State's Attorney's Office and you need a lawyer who regularly handles these serious matters. I am a Specialist in these matters.

    45 years

FORMER ASSISTANT STATE'S ATTORNEY. RATED AS SUPER LAWYER AND BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA.

SELECTED LAWYER OF THE YEAR IN MARYLAND 2024 by Best Lawyers.

I am a former Assistant State's Attorney for Baltimore City and have been in the private practice of criminal and drunk driving law for over 40 years. My tag says "No Plea" because I am known for trying cases. Many lawyers look to get in and out of court as quickly as possible. My objective is to secure the best possible outcome for my clients. I'm no pallbearer. I handle all state and federal criminal and traffic matters.  I can assist with criminal and DUI matters throughout Maryland including Anne Arundel County (Annapolis and Glen Burnie), Baltimore County (Catonsville, Towson, and Essex), Carroll County, Cecil County, Harford County, Howard County, and Baltimore City.

I have been named Maryland Super Lawyer for Criminal Defense: DWI/DUI for 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, and 2024.

I have also been selected for inclusion in the 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, and 2024 editions of The Best Lawyers In America in the practice of DUI/DWI Defense.

I have been AV Peer Review Related by Martindale-Hubbell since 1990.  This is the "Highest Possible Peer Review Rating In Legal Ability & Ethical Standards" by this organization that uses peer review to evaluate lawyers in the United States and Canada.

In addition to DUI defense, I am actively engaged in the defense of people accused of all criminal matters. The defense of drug distribution and drug possession cases make up a considerable part of my criminal practice.

I have co-authored books and taught continuing legal education courses for criminal defense lawyers since 1982.

These are reference books that even the judges make use of:

"Handling DWI Cases"

"Criminal Practice and Procedure in the District Court of Maryland"

In November 2003 I successfully completed the 24 hour National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) training course for administration of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. This training provides me with an inside look at the actual police training and what was required at the roadside when you were administered these exercises.

Maryland DUI, Criminal Law, Drunk Driving, Personal Injury, and Wrongful Death Attorney

SELECTED BY HIS PEERS 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, and 2024. AS MARYLAND SUPER LAWYER CRIMINAL DEFENSE: DUI/DWI.

SELECTED THE BEST LAWYER ON AMERICA  DUI/DWI 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020,  2021, 2022,2023, and 2024.

If you are charged with a DUI or any criminal offense, please call our office at or locally at immediately as there are certain critical time limits for your case.

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Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | April 5, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer
I couldn’t of asked for a better lawyer. Gary really helped me out more than he will ever know. He was there every step of the way. Thank you for your patience & your understanding Gary. God bless you!
Posted by anonymous | March 28, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
4th DUI - No Jail Time!!!
Gary helped me on both my 3rd & 4th DUI’s. The 3rd, he was able to get me work release and the 4th I was facing significant jail time… I walked out of the courtroom with zero jail time! He was able to get me into recovery housing so that I can continue working on myself and my sobriety which was a blessing!! Gary knows how to navigate the court system and work with the prosecutors and judges to help get you the best possible outcome. He is the best attorney and if you put your trust in him, I promise you won’t be disappointed. I was able to get not only a second, but a third chance at redemption with him in my corner.
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Posted by Chris | February 26, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
No plea, Full Dismissal.
I am compelled to express my deepest gratitude to Counselor Bernstein for their exceptional guidance and legal prowess throughout my DUI case. Facing such a challenging situation, their personalized approach and commitment to my defense were nothing short of extraordinary. From the initial consultation to the resolution of the case, Mr. Bernstein exhibited an unparalleled level of professionalism. They not only demonstrated a profound understanding of DUI laws but also took the time to listen to my concerns, addressing each one with diligence and care. The strategic approach they employed, coupled with a genuine concern for my well-being, instilled confidence in me during a trying time. He meticulously examined the details of my case, identifying key elements that ultimately led to its dismissal. Their communication throughout the process was clear and timely, ensuring I remained informed and prepared at every stage. In essence, I wholeheartedly recommend Mr. Bernstein to anyone in need of a skilled and compassionate legal advocate. Their dedication to my case went beyond expectations, and I am truly grateful for the positive outcome they secured.
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Posted by Sean | November 16, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
SIMPLY THE BEST
Gary is an absolutely exceptional lawyer. I was arrested and charged with 4 DUI/DWI charges involving an accident. The very next day Gary got me into his office for a consultation. He set me up with everything I needed to do. He was direct, honest, thorough, and clearly cared about my case. Throughout the entire process Gary was very responsive and took my phone calls and answered any questions that I had at any time from the initial consultation to the final disposition. Gary was able to get all of my DUI/DWI charges dismissed and I simply had to plead guilty to a minor 1 point Negligent Driving charge. He took the worst night of my life and turned it into something that wont affect my career or hang over my head for the rest of my life. He is a life saver. Highly recommend!!!
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Posted by Andrew | October 6, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Exceptional legal service
Gary is an exceptional attorney who comes highly recommended. I found myself facing a jailable offense for driving without insurance, but thanks to Gary's expertise and years of experience, he was able to negotiate with the prosecutor and eliminate any serious penalties against me. He saved me a lot of money in fines and a clean record. Not only is he extremely knowledgeable in law, but his rates are also very affordable. Throughout the process, he was responsive, taking the time to address all of my questions and concerns. I wholeheartedly endorse Gary for anyone in need of legal representation.
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Posted by Jennifer | July 24, 2023
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Outstanding — Highly Recommended
Mr. Bernstein was excellent from the initial consultation through to the final disposition. His obvious experience in the law and the courtroom had me trusting him from day one. I was extremely anxious about the whole process and he was honest, straightforward and persistent. Through the use of bodycam footage, he was able to get my serious charges dismissed. I would recommend him to anyone seeking representation for a DUI or criminal matter.
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Posted by Mike | May 1, 2023
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Best of the best!
As Eric Clapton knows the guitar and the stage- Gary Bernstein knows the law and court system. His 'true grit' demeanor is persistent and evident in the court room. He believed in me and successfully fought for the truth.
Posted by Tris | March 1, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Sending Thankful Wishes
Mr. Bernstein was extremely supportive, communicative, and honest! I went into this DUI process terrified and Mr. Bernstein made sure that I felt heard, and protected while simultaneously holding me accountable for my actions! I highly recommend his services! To Mr. Bernstein, thank you for everything! You are an immaculate lawyer!
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Posted by anonymous | August 12, 2022
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Trapped in the justice system
I was violating a county code that i was unaware Existed, a misdemeanor offense, my neighbors daughter which harbored animosity towards me For unknown reasons used this to get me arrested , now because of her lies i was facing a more serious situation, potential jail time in county lock up, worse night of my life, my attorney told me not to worry and within a few months got my case dismissed, the best day of my life. Gary S. Bernstein thank you so much, serious lawyer for your most serious situation.
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Posted by anonymous | August 11, 2022
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Excellent lawyer. Best choice
Gary is an excellent lawyer. He stood by me right from day one till the end. He has a great level of experience. Once you comply with his instructions you will be fine. Thank you once again Gary, God bless you..
Posted by Ashlie | May 25, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding! Everything I could hope for in a lawyer!
Gary Bernstein is an outstanding lawyer! He fought for me when I was wrongly accused and saved me from a calamity of injustice. I was unexpectedly arrested at my home on charges I knew nothing about for an incident in which I was not involved. Suddenly, I found myself in need of a criminal defense lawyer. I emailed Mr. Bernstein on the recommendation of a friend of a friend. Within minutes of receiving my email, he called me. When I spoke with him, he simultaneously made me aware of the serious nature of my situation and put me at ease with his unique blend of humor, legal knowledge, and direct actions. Later that evening, I emailed him all the information I had compiled about my case with a longer explanation of the situation. Again, within minutes, he called me ready with a plan of action. He took a situation that threatened to overwhelm me and made it understandable and manageable. I took my first big breath since my arrest. Mr. Bernstein immediately got to work on my case. The very next day, he emailed the States Attorney’s office to ask them to investigate my case. He thought there was a good chance he could get it dismissed for lack of evidence. He copied me on emails between himself and the assistant State’s Attorney, which let me know the State’s Attorney was actively investigating. There was a chance I would not have to go to court; I was cautiously hopeful, but skeptical, of this seemingly amazing turn of events. Mr. Bernstein also shocked me with an amazing gift; he took my case pro bono. He seemed as offended with the injustice of it as my closest friends, and he used his own time and resources freely to help me. This was an amazing gift, not only because of the financial relief, but also because it broke the pressure of the situation’s unfairness. It was an incredible act that I think reflects Mr. Bernstein’s respect for the legal process, his passion for justice, and his compassion. A few weeks later, I got an unexpected text from Mr. Bernstein that the charges were being dropped. Mr. Bernstein told me to keep my eyes out for a letter from the court. I prayed and hoped, but to my chagrin, remained skeptical. It seemed too good to be true. But today, sure enough, I hold in my hands the papers from the court reading “dismissed.” Mr. Bernstein did it! The charges are dropped; a huge weight has lifted from my chest, and I can finally breath again. This insane situation is on the way to being resolved because of the diligent and generous work of Mr. Bernstein! Gary Bernstein was everything I could hope for in a lawyer. He immediately began working on my case with a clear plan of action. He acted with integrity, doing exactly what he said he would do. He treated me with empathy, patience, and respect in each of our interactions. And he demonstrated superior legal skill and professional expertise by getting the State’s Attorney to dismiss the case without going to court. Gary Bernstein is the ideal lawyer! I cannot commend him enough to you or recommend him more highly!
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Posted by Al-tamal | March 5, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
Great person
I just got off the phone with Gary and he actually cares about other peoples problems he actually told me to stick with my public defender because my cases wasn't to worry about
Posted by anonymous | February 15, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Delivered
Gary Bernstein stated that everything was going to be ok and stated that he has kept worse cases from jail time. It was clear, from the start, that he understood the situation, what needed to be done, and what the outcome was likely to be. After giving me some tasks to perform while waiting for trial, and me completing what he had asked me to, the outcome was what he said it would be, no jail time!
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Posted by anonymous | February 11, 2022
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HIGHLY recommend Gary!!!
Gary is very professional, he will answer at all hours and give you advice on how you should act in and out of court. HIGHLY recommend! I was facing some very serious charges including a felony 25+ years. Gary was able to get it down to just a misdemeanor with probation, & it will turn into a pbj afterwards! Worked his magic in the court room! No bull with him he's very straightforward & that is what you want! A steal For what he charges! Great court control & definitely has strong relationships with judges & prosecutors especially in my specific case. #bettercallgary #noplea
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Posted by anonymous | October 27, 2021
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Dismissed DUI
Gary was great from the start. He got me setup with everything that I needed to do within 3 days of hiring him. Went through every part of the body camera footage and broke holes in each part of the prosecutor's case. Case dismissed. He made one of the worst days of my life into one that won't hang over my head forever
Posted by John | October 21, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
BEST LAWYER EVER !
When it comes to a lawyer, they don’t get any better than Mr. Bernstein ! He is true to his word , and most of all he is truly about his business when it come a to a case. This man literally saved my life ! When I had doubts about going to trail , he had confidence in knowing a great percentage of the out come . Best lawyer ones money will ever be spent on !
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Posted by Robbin | October 21, 2021
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Great attorney
After speaking with Gary I decided to hire him and I do not regret it. He knows the law and does his homework very thoroughly to the point that he got my case dismissed on a technicality
Posted by Chris | September 28, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Don't Look Any Further
When my wife and I received the call from our son that he had been cited with a DUI, we experienced a range of emotions. We interviewed four attorneys and Gary instantly stood out. He was empathetic to our situation and provided expert service throughout. He always answered our calls and gave our son great life advice. THE BEST!!
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Posted by Chris | August 3, 2021
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Best legal service for my DUI/DWI
I was recommended to Gary by another lawyer. I respected him from the initial consult and glad I stuck with him. He gave great advice and told me straight up what I did wrong and what I need to do (both personally and legally) to get correct. Once court came around I received a very favorable outcome. Gary gave me additional options to take my case further and try to get everything dropped. We did and he got it done. I went in with a moderate expectation and came out with the best outcome. Can't thank him enough. Highly recommend. Very professional and very knowledgeable.
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Posted by anonymous | July 1, 2021
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Excellent service
Gary was always quick to respond, and will actually fight for you and not just throw you to a plea deal. Thank you for the not guilty Gary !
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 120 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Gary S. Bernstein, P.A.
  • 1979 - Present
  • Assistant State's Attorney
  • State's Attorney's Office For Baltimore City
  • 1975 - 1979

Education

  • University of Baltimore School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1975
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1972

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Body Cam Reveals Drugs Not In Plain View
  • Dismissed
  • Breath Test Not Admissible
  • Breath Test Inadmissible
  • Harford County DUI Dismissal
  • Dismissed
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Associations

  • Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 1995 - Present
  • Committee To Revise Criminal Code
  • Criminal Defense Attorney Member
  • 2000 - 2005

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2024
  • Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2024
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2024
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyer
  • 2023
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2023
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2022
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2018
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2008
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2007
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Publications

  • Criminal Practice and Procedure in the District Court of Maryland
  • Criminal Practice and Procedure in the District Court of Maryland
  • N/A
  • Handling DWI Cases
  • Handling DWI Cases
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney's Association
  • DUI Defense
  • 2010
  • Maryland Continuing Legal Education Program
  • DUI Defense
  • 2004
  • Maryland Continuing Legal Education
  • Criminal Defense
  • 2004

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (1)
Endorse Gary
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Gary for 16 years. Gary is my go-to referral for my clients who need DUI and criminal defense representation. Not only does he know the ins and outs of the law, he knows the prosecutors and judges and is able to get excellent results consistently, whether by working out a deal or winning a jury trial. He is a passionate and straight-to-the-point attorney that I highly recommend."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"From the first time I met Gary in 1991, he impressed me as completely focused on obtaining as much victory as possible. He is colorful, funny and all the more persuasive as a result. I recommend Gary."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Gary is a pillar in the Maryland DUI defense community. No one works or fights harder than Gary does when he defends his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Having been a member of the National College for DUI Defense for over 10 years now, and as an annual attendee of two to three national DUI defense seminars, I have been privileged to get to know many of our nation's finest DUI defense attorneys. Gary Bernstein is undoubtedly amongst this select group. His reputation for professional excellence far exceeds the borders of Maryland. His reputation as a well trained, experienced, ultra talented yet deeply compassionate, DUI defense attorney is not only national but matched by very few. I proudly and loudly endorse Gary Bernstein. The citizen accused could be in no better hands. Period. The fact that he is a personal friend is but a bonus."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Gary is an outstanding lawyer. He knows the law and fights hard in court. Gary has over 30 years of experience and it shows."
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Towson DUI and DWI Lawyer Gary S Bernstein
Gary S Bernstein
DUI and DWI Attorney
Towson, MD
Licensed for 48 years
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