DUI / DWI Criminal Defense Attorneys In Westchester County
Were you arrested for DWI / DUI in Westchester County? We know you now have lots of questions and face many worries and concerns. You may be wondering what a DWI charge even is? Is it a felony? How much will it cost to defend? What are the penalties? Will I go to jail? Will I lose my license or my job?
The penalties and consequences of a DWI conviction in New York can be serious. However, being arrested for DWI does not necessarily mean that you will be convicted of the charges and sentenced to the maximum penalties.
By working with a qualified criminal defense attorney, you may be able to successfully reduce the charges and penalties against you, or even have the charges dismissed altogether.
Qualified Local Legal Representation After A Drunk Driving Arrest
The experienced DWI defense attorneys of Acocella Law Group have been aggressively and successfully representing the rights of drivers in Westchester County for years. We have the experience and dedication required to defend your rights when push comes to shove.
Types Of DUI Cases We Handle
Our DUI defense attorneys handle all types of DWI and DWI-related cases including:
- Standard Driving While Intoxicated Charges (DWI with 0.08% or higher BAC)
- Aggravated DWI Charges (DWI with 0.18% or higher BAC)
- Driving While Ability Impaired by Alcohol (DWAI / Alcohol)
- Underage DWI (Drivers under 21 years of age)
- Commercial Driver DWI
- Repeat & Felony DWI
- Out Of State DWI
To learn more about the types of DWI charges we fight, visit our “DWI / DUI Defense” page.
Serving Clients Throughout Westchester County, NY
Our DWI / DUI defense lawyers represent drivers who have been arrested on intoxicated driving charges throughout Westchester County including, but not limited to, those in:
- Yonkers, NY
- White Plains, NY
- Mount Vernon, NY
- New Rochelle, NY
- Peekskill, NY
- Rye, NY
- Scarsdale, NY
- Cortlandt, NY
- Bronxville, NY
- Greenburgh, NY
- Yorktown, NY
- Mount Pleasant, NY
- Mamaroneck, NY
- Eastchester, NY
- Pound Ridge, NY
- Somers, NY
- New Castle, NY
- North Salem, NY
Contact our Westchester County office today for a free case evaluation to learn about all of your legal options and how we can help you achieve a positive outcome.
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Local Westchester Resources For Those Facing DWI / DUI Charges
If you are facing DWI charges you will likely be brought before one of the six city courts in Westchester. Our attorneys regularly defend clients before these courts. The courts are listed below. Click on the links to get directions and information about appearing at the court:
- White Plains City Court
- Yonkers City Court
- New Rochelle City Court
- Rye City Court
- Peekskill City Court
- Mount Vernon City Court
You may also need to appear before the DMV to contest the suspension of your license. Our attorneys have regularly done so on behalf of our clients. For information on the White Plains DMV, click here.
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Latest Westchester DWI Updates
By Frank Acocella
February 14, 2018 – Arrest Of New York City Housing Authority Worker For DUI
A 42-year-old man who is an employee of the New York City Housing Authority was arrested for a DUI in which he hit a 56-year-old woman in a wheelchair. The man was driving on Coney Island around the corner of 24th Street and Mermaid Avenue on Tuesday, January 23 at about 7:30 am when he struck the woman causing her to fall from her wheelchair and land on her hip. She was taken to Coney Island Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The man remained at the scene and was charged with DWI along with other charges.
January 4, 2018 – Man Arrested For Repeat DUI Offense In Cortland, NY
A 26-year-old man was arrested on DUI charges earlier today after police officers stopped his vehicle for violating traffic laws. According to reports, the man was driving on Route 6 at approximately 2:05 a.m. when police stopped his vehicle.
Authorities say that the police at the scene suspected the man of being intoxicated. The responding officers also discovered that the man had a prior DUI conviction within the past 10 years making his DUI arrest a repeat offense.
He was ultimately arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and was arraigned before the town of Cortland Court. He was also charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation.
December 28, 2017 – Police In Westchester County To Crack Down On Drunk Driving Over The Holidays
Police across the State of New York are warning drivers to drive sober over the holiday season this year. Police in Westchester County are warning residents that there will be increased patrols and sobriety checkpoints throughout the area over the next few days leading up to the New Year.
For more information about this story visit this article from News12 of Westchester.
November 9, 2017 – Speeding Driver In Westchester County Gets Arrested For DUI & Possession of Drugs
A 28-year-old man was arrested on DUI charges after police pulled him over for speeding on I-278 in Westchester County, New York. According to police reports, the New York State trooper who conducted the traffic stop suspected the man to be driving under the influence and found cocaine in the man’s vehicle.
The man was arrested on DWI charges and criminal possession of a controlled substance. He is expected to appear back in the Town of Harrison Court next month to be arraigned.
October 15, 2017 – Drunk Driver Flees Scene After Crashing Into Bus Stop In Harrison, NY
A man from Westchester County was arrested at his home after crashing into a bus stop in Harrison and then fleeing the scene of the accident. According to police reports, the 27-year-old man from Yonkers was driving eastbound on Westchester Avenue at about 5:00 p.m. when he allegedly crashed his vehicle into a bus stop. Police found a vehicle at the scene but said the driver fled the scene. He was ultimately arrested at his house at around 8:00 p.m. and charged with DWI.
September 5, 2017- 60-Year-Old Man Crashes His Car Into Woods While Driving Drunk
A 60-year-old man from Carmel was recently charged with two felonies after he crashed his car into the woods on Sunday morning. According to Yorktown police, the man was charged with DWI, a Class D felony. He had two previous convictions in the last 10 years. The man was also driving without his driver’s license as it had been revoked after he failed to submit a chemical test in 2008 and two DWIs in June 2009. When the accident took place, police found an open container of alcohol and a number of equipment violations. The 60-year-old was transported to Yorktown Police for processing.
August 2, 2017- Yonkers Man Crashes While Drunk Driving With Suspended License
A Yonkers man was involved in a drunk driving accident that killed his passenger. The 25-year-old man was speeding up Third Avenue in Manhattan when he sped though a right light and crashed into a Department of Transportation truck. His car got wedged under the truck that was going east on the street. A criminal complaint stated that the Yonkers man was transported to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition. However, his passenger succumbed to his injuries of skull deformities and serious facial lacerations. The 25-year-old was arrested a few hours after the accident and charged with felony vehicular assault, DWI, and driving without a license.
July 6, 2017- Dutchess County Woman Passes Out And Is Arrested For DWI In Westchester
A woman from Dutchess County was recently arrested by New York State Police in Westchester for DWI. Police found the woman allegedly driving while using drugs and was passed out at the wheel at Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park in Yorktown. The 26-year-old was found passed out at the wheel in the park. Paramedics were on the scene of the accident but the woman refused further medical attention. As police interviewed her, they observed signs that showed she was impaired. The impaired driver was placed in custody and evaluated by a State Police Drug Recognition Expert who determined that she was unable to safely operate a motor vehicle due to drug impairment. She is due to go to court in Yorktown.
June 7, 2017- Drunk Teenager Crashes Ferrari Onto A Farm
Two 19-year-old boys were badly injured when the 2001 Ferrari convertible they were driving rolled over several times. The car rolled as it was coming eastbound South Bedford Road onto a farm. According to Bedford police, one of the teenager’s was driving drunk when he crashed the Ferrari. Firefighters had to pull the teenagers out of the mangled wreck and had to be rushed to Westchester Medical Center. The road where the accident took place had to be closed while police investigated. Police charged the driver with driving while intoxicated.
May 2, 2017- 41-Year-Old Woman Found Wandering Alone After Drunk Driving
A woman from Pleasantville, Westchester County, was recently arrested after police found her walking on someone else’s front lawn. Onlookers thought the woman was suspicious considering there had been some break-ins in the area recently. When police found and questioned her they found her suspicious as she could not provide a real reason to be near the property while her car was still running. She failed several standardized field sobriety tests and refused to submit an alco-sensor pre-screening test. She was placed under arrest and charged with DWI and refusal to submit to a breath test. She is due back in court later in the year.
April 5, 2017- Mother And Son Sentenced For Same DWI Charges 14 Years Apart
A New York suburban man from Westchester was recently sentenced to prison for a fatal DWI crash. His sentence happens 14 years after his mother was also involved in an alcohol-related crash that killed a man. The man was sentenced to serve two to six years for his part in a crash that killed an 85-year-old man. The 23-year-old man pleaded guilty to charges that include vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated. His mother served two years in prison after she also pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
March 3, 2017- 23-Year-Old Man Guilty Of Fatal DWI Head-On Crash
A 23-year-old Westchester County man is facing nearly 15 years in prison after he fatally struck a car head on. According to reports, the man was driving in Yonkers and he crossed the double line at an intersection and struck his victim driving a Lincoln Town Car head on. The man pleaded guilty to a six-count indictment that included felony charges of vehicular manslaughter for his role in the crash that claimed someone’s life. The 23-year-old had a blood alcohol content that was almost four times the legal limit.
February 17, 2017- Westchester Driver Arrested With Double The BAC Limit
A 24-year-old Port Chester man was arrested while driving in Mamaroneck. According to the police, the man was arrested following a traffic stop where they determined that he was intoxicated. He was taken into custody and sent to the state police barrack in Tarrytown. His blood-alcohol content was found to be .18 percent which is two times over the legal limit.
January 4, 2017- New Rochelle Off-Duty Police Officer Accused Of Drunk Driving
On Monday night a rookie New Rochelle police officer was charged with manslaughter and driving while intoxicated. Police stated that he was drunk when he crashed his sport-utility vehicle and killed his passenger in White Plains. The off-duty police officer’s preliminary blood alcohol level was .23 which is nearly close to three times the legal limit. The SUV hit a parking meter, a traffic sign, and ended up crashing into a tree. The two men in the car had to be extricated from the vehicle and rushed to the hospital. The officer was seriously injured and his passenger died instantly. Read more about this DUI here.
December 7, 2016- Greenburgh Police Arrest A Drunk Driver Sleeping In His Car
In Greenburg NY, police arrested a man who was found sleeping in his car following a welfare check. The police performed a welfare check on two people who were reportedly sleeping in their car on the wrong side of the road and were parked halfway on a lawn and in the roadway in the White Plains. The man arrested was found asleep behind the wheel, with a second person who was snoozing in the passenger’s seat. The police struggled to rouse the two men and eventually were able to get them up. They were tested for alcohol leaving the driver to be placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated. A DMV check also showed that the man’s license had been revoked for a prior DWI conviction earlier this year. The driver was also in violation of his interlock device restriction.
November 2, 2016- Rye Driver Charged For Killing 21-Year-Old In DUI Accident
White Plains police arrested a 24-year-old woman who was allegedly drunk driving when she hit a 21-year-old Manhattanville College lacrosse player. The accident took place on Westchester Avenue. Police charged the woman with a felony count of vehicular homicide as well as a misdemeanor driving while intoxicated. The 24-year-old’s blood-alcohol content was 0.21 when she was tested after the accident. The legal maximum for a DWI charge is .08 percent.
October 1, 2016- Drunk Passenger Charged With DWI After Taking The DD’s Car
In North Castle, NY a 25-year-old man was recently charged and arrested for DWI after he stole the car of his designated driver. The designated driver pulled over on I-684 in order for another passenger to throw up. The 25-year-old passenger got in the driver’s seat and drove away. He injured the DD leaving him lying on the shoulder after he tried to grab the car trying to stop it. He now faces charges that include DWI, as well as second-degree assault and reckless endangerment.
September 1, 2016- Pearl River Man Charged With DUI In Single Crash
In Orangetown, NY, a Pearl River man was charged with driving under the influence after his car crashed into a tree and ended up facing upwards in the front yard of a Pearl River home. The 23-year-old man was taken to Westchester Medical Center where he is recovering. When rescuers came on the scene the man was trapped in his car and needed to be extracted by the Pearl River Department. He underwent a blood test at the hospital where he was charged with DUI. He is soon to appear in court.
August 17, 2016- New Rochelle Woman Found Highly Intoxicated And Is Arrested
Police responded to a call of a woman who was suspected of being intoxicated on Rural Drive. She was found sitting on the ground with her legs wrapped around a stop sign. She stated that she was playing Pokemon Go and that her friends had left her. Police found the woman’s car parked, a Mazda 2014, with the engine running on Rural Drive. Upon evaluation by SVAC paramedics as well sobriety tests, both SVAC and the police determined that the woman was intoxicated. It is also believed that woman had driven drunk from New Rochelle and was involved in an unknown accident before stopping her car on Rural Drive.
July 26, 2016- Wrong Way Driver Accused Of DWI In New Rochelle
In New Rochelle, a 26-year-old wrong way driver is facing DWI charges after he caused a crash. According to the police, the man was headed southbound in the northbound lane on Main Street. His car subsequently lost control and crashed into a glass window as well as two mailboxes and two street poles.
June 10, 2016- White Plains Man Hits A Parked Car While Intoxicated
A man from White Plains was recently arrested for hitting a parked car. Officers on the scene stated that the man claimed he had been cut off by another driver which led him to swerve into a parked car. However, there was no other car on the scene of the accident. Officers noticed that the man appeared drunk and irate and he refused to take a field sobriety test. He was arrested and later released on $240 bail.
May 18, 2016 – Staged DWI Accident in Rockland To Raise Awareness
Emergency services in Orangetown recently staged a DWI accident scene to show the dangers to local high schoolers of driving while intoxicated. This comes just before the start of the summer season when traditionally there is a large volume of underage drinking and DWI in Westchester and the surrounding area. For more information on this check out News 12 Westchester.