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Brian Berkowitz

Brian Berkowitz

Law Office of Brian Berkowitz
  • DUI & DWI, Traffic Tickets, Criminal Law
  • New York
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Biography

While working as a prosecutor, Brian Berkowitz was appointed by the District Attorney of Rockland County as the Senior Assistant District Attorney in charge of the Vehicular Crimes and Driving While Intoxicated Bureau. In this supervisory role, he was responsible for the training of prosecutors and the review and assessment of every motor vehicle related crime and Driving While Intoxicated (DWI / DUI) case brought before the DA’s Office, as well as personally handling the most serious misdemeanor and felony cases from inception to trial.

As a Criminal Defense and Traffic Ticket Attorney, Brian Berkowitz has utilized his 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 and Traffic matters before the courts of Rockland County and throughout the State of New York.

A Driving While Intoxicated (DWI / DUI) 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.

Regarding Traffic and Speeding Tickets, there are many hidden costs associated with pleading guilty to the ticket to “just get it over with.” Further, many drivers are unaware that in most instances, an attorney can fight a ticket WITHOUT THE NEED FOR THE DRIVER TO EVER PERSONALLY APPEAR IN COURT.

If you or someone you care about has been charged with Driving While Intoxicated, received a Traffic or Speeding Ticket or any other Criminal matter, please contact Brian Berkowitz for a free consultation to discuss your case.

Practice Areas
    DUI & DWI
    Traffic Tickets
    Suspended License
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
Additional Practice Areas
  • Speeding and Traffic Tickets
  • Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)
  • Criminal Charges and Arrests
  • Cell Phone and Texting Tickets
  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
  • Shoplifting
  • Drug and Narcotics Cases
  • Felony and Misdemeanor Arrests
  • Driver's License Reinstatement
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
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Languages
  • English
Professional Experience
DWI, Traffic Ticket and Criminal Defense Attorney
Law Office of Brian Berkowitz
- Current
Senior Assistant District Attorney
Rockland County District Attorney's Office
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Education
Roger Williams University School of Law
J.D. (1998)
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Ramapo College of New Jersey
B.S. (1995)
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Awards
Forty Under 40
Rockland County Economic Development Corporation
Recognized as one of forty professionals under the age of 40 who are making their mark on Rockland County in positive ways through their commitment to growth, development, professional excellence and the community at large.
Professional Associations
New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Member
Current
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Rockland County Bar Association
Member
Current
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National Motorists Association
Member
Current
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New York State Bar  # 2929099
Member
- Current
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Websites & Blogs
Website
Website
Blog
Rockland County DWI and Criminal Defense Blog
Legal Answers
5 Questions Answered
Q. My drivers license was suspended due to lapse of insurance but my name was never on the registration or the insurance
A: Thank you for your question. The first thing you should do, is contact NYS DMV and ask them what, specifically is causing this revocation, if you do not have a vehicle registered to you. Additionally, please keep in mind, that if a driver receives a ticket for No Insurance and pleads guilty or is convicted after a trial, in addition to the fine and surcharge, NYS DMV will revoke the license or NYS driving privileges for 1 year and impose a $750.00 civil penalty. There can also be license/NYS driving privilege issues if a driver is involved in an accident and does not have valid insurance. Once you speak with NYS DMV and get a reason for the revocation, you should then speak with an attorney and if for some reason, the revocation was improperly imposed, take the necessary steps to try to restore your driving privileges.
Q. I Failed to stop at stop sign. Ticket has a court date on it, cop says it’s not mandatory, just wanted to be sure.
A: Thank you for your question. In most cases, the date on a traffic ticket in New York (assuming you are not charged with a misdemeanor under the Vehicle and Traffic Law) is the date by which you have to answer the ticket (enter a plea) and a personal court appearance is usually not necessary at that time. Of course, and when in doubt, it is a good idea to call the court and confirm that no appearance is necessary. On a side note, and before you plead guilty, please consider that in the State of New York, if you accumulate 6 or more points within an eighteen-month period, in addition to any fines and surcharges set by the court, the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles will impose a Driver Responsibility Assessment (“DRA”) of $100.00 a year, for 3 years, for the first 6 points and $25.00 per year, for 3 years, for each additional point over the initial 6. Finally, and if you are going to plead guilty to avoid having to go to court, please consider speaking with an attorney, as they can appear in court for you on a traffic matter without the need for you to show up in court.
Q. Question about ACD for petit larceny
A: Thank you for your question. This is not something you want to have hanging over your head and if possible, you should reach out to the attorney who originally handled your case to see what, if anything they can do to help you and answer your questions. If you are unable or unwilling to contact that attorney, you should consult with another lawyer to discuss your options. While it could be possible that the matter is deemed complete and sealed, it is also possible that it is not, and the case is still pending. At a minimum, you should want to know if there is a warrant outstanding as a result of your failure to comply with the terms of the ACD. The facts you mentioned: that you are a college student, have stayed out of trouble and the delay caused by the Covid-19 Pandemic, may be helpful to you and the ultimate resolution of your charge(s), but unless and until you know the status of your case, you will never know if the case was resolved and what, if anything, you can do to help bring this matter to a close. This answer does not in any way create or establish an attorney-client relationship and is intended solely to be generic legal information, not legal advice. Under no circumstances should the information obtained here be used to make decisions about the proper course of a legal matter.
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Contact & Map
Law Office of Brian Berkowitz
222 North Main Street
New City, NY 10956
Telephone: (845) 638-9200