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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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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
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
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  • 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
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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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
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Rockland County Bar Association
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National Motorists Association
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New York State Bar  # 2929099
- Current
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Websites & Blogs
Rockland County DWI and Criminal Defense Blog
Legal Answers
10 Questions Answered
Q. How to deal with a 70 in a 65 speeding ticket in New York State?
A: Thank you for your question. A speeding ticket for 70 mph in a 65 mph zone makes me think that it’s possible that the police officer may have given you a “road side reduction” (speed was actually higher, but the police officer wrote the ticket for a lesser speed.). Regardless, a ticket for 5 miles over the speed limit is a 3 point ticket and carries a potential fine of no more than $150.00 plus a surcharge; in addition to other possible sanctions (assuming the ticket was written as Sec. 1180(d) NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law.) The lesser charge you were offered, Sec. 1110(a) of the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law, is a 2 point ticket with a maximum fine of $150.00, in addition to a surcharge. The decision as to whether or not you should accept this offer depends upon the facts leading up to the ticket, the details of your driving record and many more issues, all of which you should discuss with an experienced traffic ticket attorney. While the answers found here are helpful, there is no substitution for speaking directly with an attorney.
Q. ticket and pleaded guilty online, received a zoom date with prosecutor and miss the date. Is my license suspended?
A: Thank you for your question. Generally, when you miss a court date (in NY) for a traffic ticket, the court can either give you the opportunity for another court date or notify NYS DMV that you failed to appear and request that they suspend your New York driving privileges. NYS DMV will then send you a notice stating that if you do not answer the ticket by a specific date, your NYS driving privileges will be suspended. It should be noted that this notice will be sent to the last address that NYS DMV has on file for you, which is why it is always a good idea to be sure your address is current with them. If you missed a court date, the best thing to do is contact an attorney or contact the court and request a new date.
Q. I am getting a plea bargain application with the original charge of speeding 1180D and the reduced charge of 1110 A
A: Thank you for your question. Whether or not a reduction from a Speeding Ticket to a lesser charge is a good deal or not can depend on many factors, including the facts of the case, the speed you are alleged to have been driving, your driving record and the jurisdiction in which you received the ticket. There are many traffic ticket attorneys who would be glad to discuss this matter with you and it would be a good idea to contact an attorney and discuss your options before you accept or reject this offer.
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Law Office of Brian Berkowitz
222 North Main Street
New City, NY 10956
Telephone: (845) 638-9200
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