Suffolk County Criminal Lawyer | Suffolk County DWI Lawyer

I am a Suffolk County Criminal Lawyer | Suffolk County DWI Lawyer with more than 25 years of experience.  I concentrate my practice on representing individuals arrested for DWI and criminal matters.  I have represented more than 1000 individuals charged with DWI and Criminal offenses here on Long Island. The focus of my practice has been critical to my track record of success. If you or a loved one needs a Suffolk County Criminal Lawyer | Suffolk County DWI Lawyer, please do not hesitate to call me today.  I am here to help.

I appear on a daily basis in both the Suffolk County First District Court in Central Islip and the Suffolk County Court in Riverhead.  There is no substitute for experience when finding a Suffolk County Criminal Lawyer | Suffolk County DWI Lawyer.  I am always happy to extend my family of clients and I will fight for you and make sure that you always feel protected and secure.

I always strive to make my clients feel, protected and cared for.   My practice has been built on a foundation of success and satisfied clients.  My life revolves around my clients and their ultimate satisfaction.  Many may call themselves Suffolk County Criminal Lawyers | Suffolk County DWI Lawyers but very few can point to such a long, sustained track-record of client results.

When facing a  permanent criminal record and possible incarceration, second best will not do.  My clients are individuals who care about their reputation and freedom.  They are individuals who will settle for no less than the top Suffolk County Criminal | Suffolk County DWI Lawyer.  In short, they call Edward Palermo.

Suffolk County Criminal Defense Attorney Ed Palermo

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I believe in always being available for my clients. My philosophy is “client’s first”. Please feel free to contact me directly by text or voice 24/7 at my personal cellphone. I can almost always respond immediately to text messages. You can also contact my office on weekdays between 9 am – 5pm.
Criminal and DWI Lawyer Edward Palermo

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My Philosophy

As a Suffolk County Criminal Lawyer | Suffolk County DWI Lawyer, I hear these questions and many others every day:

  • Will I go to jail?  
  • Will I be placed on probation?
  • Will I have a permanent criminal record?
  • Will I lose my license?
  • What happens when I go to court?
  • How long will the court process last?
  • How can I find the best lawyer to defend me?

The first thing to do is relax. Take a deep breath. I know that criminal charges are stress-full. I believe in putting things in perspective. You are only  ACCUSED of a crime. The Presumption of Innocence is the bedrock of our criminal justice system. I will make sure that it is given to you!

Hiring the right Suffolk County Criminal Attorney | Suffolk County DWI Attorney is critical to a successful outcome.  Many lawyers who have general practices will dabble in criminal law. Avoid them at all costs. A criminal case is much to serious to leave in the hands of a jack of all trades. There is nothing about your case that can surprise me. I have seen it all in the past 25 plus years.

I have forged terrific relationships with the judges and prosecutors. These relationships are incredibly important. I value them as an asset when representing my clients. I am a Suffolk County Criminal Lawyer| Suffolk County DWI Lawyer with the professional relationships and concentrated experience to get the result you need.

I Will Review Your Case And Fashion Your Defense Strategy

I will answer all of your questions. I will explain the criminal charges you face. I will explain potential strategies to win your case. New clients ALWAYS feel better leaving my office after they meet me. Information and knowledge are power. I will allow you to know and understand the legal concepts involved with our case. You will also know that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

My experience as a Suffolk County Criminal Lawyer/Suffolk County DWI Lawyer is extensive. I represent clients in criminal and driving while intoxicated cases in the courts of Suffolk and Nassau Counties on a daily basis. I will create the necessary strategy to defend you in your case. There is no substitute for experience for a criminal lawyer. Trust your case to a Suffolk County Criminal Lawyer/Suffolk County DWI Lawyer who is confident, aggressive and experienced.

I Will Vigorously Defend You

There is no Suffolk County Criminal Lawyer/Suffolk County DWI Lawyer fighting harder than me. My clients are everything to my practice. I treasure them and truly appreciate that they retain me to defend them in matters of such importance. I will do everything in my power to get you a great result. Nothing will deter me from my goal of providing you with a successful defense to your criminal case. I am the Suffolk County Criminal Lawyer | Suffolk County DWI Lawyer to retain when you need results.  You need a Suffolk County Criminal Lawyer/Suffolk County DWI Lawyer with the experience and talent to get the result that you need.

I am a Suffolk County Criminal Lawyer| Suffolk County DWI Lawyer that has handled all level of criminal cases, from murder cases to misdemeanor DWI cases. I have handled hundreds of drunk driving cases. No case is too big or too small. I will give the same 100% effort whether your case is high-profile or a simple misdemeanor. I truly love what I do. I will fight to get the best result.

I Am Always Available For My Clients

All of my clients receive my personal cell phone number. Clients can contact me anytime. A client who knows that his lawyer is available is a happy client. My goal is to resolve my client’s case favorably so that I have a client for life. I pride myself on being a Suffolk County Criminal Lawyer| Suffolk County DWI Lawyer who is always directly available to his clients.

This website is a resource for anyone in need of criminal or DWI representation. It allows someone charged with a crime to find an experienced criminal defense attorney. I am always happy to meet a new client through my website. So please do not hesitate to call me. I look forward to hearing from you and will do everything in my power to get you a favorable result.  You have found the Suffolk County Criminal Lawyer | Suffolk County DWI Lawyer with a 24 year history of aggressive, personalized representation.

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Drug Crimes

Traffic Infractions

White Collar Crimes



Suffolk County DWI Lawyer | Suffolk County Criminal Lawyer


I have built a 25 year track record of client satisfaction and industry recognition. I pride myself on my success as a Suffolk County Criminal Lawyer | Suffolk County DWI Lawyer.  DWI is a very important area of criminal law. I have been the go to choice when client’s need results. I was also recently honored by being named to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Criminal Lawyers for the third straight year! I have also been honored with the highest rating available from AVVO – “10/10 Superb”.

I was also honored to be voted BEST LAWYER ON LONG ISLAND for 2019 and 2020 in the Bethpage Federal Credit Union’s “Best of L.I.”!

Additionally, The National Association of Distinguished Counsel selected me to the Top One Percent of Lawyers in the nation! I provide the highest level of professionalism and personal service to each of my clients.  Edward Palermo, Suffolk County Criminal Lawyer | Suffolk County DWI Lawyer, is ready to protect and guide you through the difficult process involved with being charged with criminal conduct.

My only desire is the BEST POSSIBLE RESOLUTION for my client.  Nothing deters me from obtaining this outcome.  I believe that helping my clients gain their lives back is my life calling.  I will relieve your fears during our first conversion as I discuss how I will protect and defend you.

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Nassau County Criminal Lawyer
Nassau County Criminal Lawyer | Nassau County DWI Attorney Edward Palermo

Why Hire Me To Handle Your Criminal or DWI Case

  • Aggressive Representation: I have litigated hundreds of cases over the last two decades and have tried many of them to verdict with success. This aggressive approach has not gone unnoticed by prosecutors and judges and in my opinion allows me to obtain very favorable plea offers for my client’s.
  • Personalized service: Unlike other lawyers, I limit the number of cases that I take. This way I can get to know each of my clients personally and tailor the most effective defense possible for them.
  • Accessibility: I give each and every client my personal cellphone number so that I can be reached in an instant for any emergencies or pressing issues.
  • 26 Years of experience: I have been practicing criminal law and DWI law exclusively for the last twenty six years. I have done and seen everything there is to with respect to Criminal Law and DWI law. I put this experience to work for my clients every day in the trenches of the Suffolk County Court Houses.
  • Transparent Fees: While there are many lawyers that charge lower fees, my skill and experience make the cost of my representation well worth it. I always offer a free consultation and will give you a transparent quote for my representation. There are no hidden costs. Further, I am willing to work with you in order to try and create a payment plan that is comfortable for both of us.

Steps to a Criminal Case

  • Arraignment: The initial court proceeding in a criminal case is an arraignment. This is a hearing where the prosecutor formally charges a person with a crime. The person is called the defendant and has to enter a plea to the charge of guilty or not guilty. The vast amount of times the defendant will plead not guilty. Also, items such as bail are discussed at an arraignment.
  • Court Conferences: Following an arraignment the case will be set down for a conference. At that time the defense attorney, prosecutor and judge will discuss various items such as the facts of the case, possible evidentiary hearings and even possible plea negotiations. A case is often conferenced several times while these issues are being worked out.
  • Plea Disposition:  If a plea bargain can be reached at a conference the court will set the matter down for a plea disposition. Generally, at that time the prosecutor agrees to reduce the charge to a lesser charge with an agreed upon sentence in return for a guilty plea from the defendant to that lesser charge.
  • Trial:  If a plea disposition cannot be agreed upon, the case will proceed to a trial where a jury will decide whether the person is guilty of the charge pending against them.


Medical Doctor Charged With DWI

Reduced to a minor traffic infraction

First Degree Assault

Acquitted At Trial

Real Estate Broker Charged with DWI

Charges completely dismissed

The Justice You Deserve

Eleven Year Sentence

Avoided any state imprisonment

Failed the Breathalyzer

Client was found not guilty

First Degree Robbery

Acquitted at trial

Criminal and DWI Lawyer Edward Palermo

Ed Palermo Answers Criminal Defense FAQs

What Should I Look for When Hiring a Criminal Defense Lawyer on Long Island?

There are a few things to look for when considering who to hire to represent you as your Suffolk criminal defense lawyer. 

The first thing that is very important is experience. Some attorneys are “jack of all trades” kinds of lawyers where they handle cases from many different law practices including criminal defense. I do not recommend hiring these types of attorneys because they don’t have substantial experience focusing on the ins and outs of criminal law. Instead, I recommend hiring an attorney that focuses solely on criminal defense, and even further, has experience handling the specific facet of criminal defense that you are looking for. 

Also, experience in the area you live and need representation is also important. My criminal defense law practice is devoted entirely to Suffolk and Nassau county. 90% of the cases I handle are on Long Island, and over the years I have been in every court and forged relationships in every area. 

It is a good idea to meet with the attorney and see if you are comfortable with them on a personal level. A good criminal defense attorney needs to be a good communicator, and it should be easy for you to build a rapport with them so you are comfortable with them representing you. They should also be straightforward and be transparent about fees, costs and what to expect for the next steps.

Finally, reputation is key for helping you decide who to hire. Recommendations from friends or family is a good place to start. Even if you don’t have a personal recommendation there are plenty of places to look online for reviews. Avvo, Google, are all good resources for online reviews. Take the time to read why an attorney received a good or bad review to determine what it really is like should you hire them.

How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Suffolk Criminal Defense Attorney?

Each attorney bases their fees on several factors, the first being the severity of the charge. The more serious the charge, the more work that is going to be involved in the case and ultimately the more it will cost you. The fees the attorney may charge though will vary. One attorney might be cheaper, but this could actually be a red flag. The cheaper option could also indicate that the attorney is not as experienced or well-versed in the circumstances you are facing for your criminal defense case. 

Additionally, most criminal defense attorneys charge in one of three ways. An hourly rate, a fee per court appearance or a flat rate for the whole case. Most attorneys will have two fees depending on how far the case progresses. One if the charge is resolved as a plea bargain before trial, and one if the case needs to go to trial. Personally, I charge a flat rate for all of my clients. So my clients know exactly what to expect to pay if the case is worked out in a plea bargain as well as how much it would cost if the case goes to trial

How do I Win my DWI Case?

The most important thing to do is hire an experienced DWI lawyer with a very strong background in favorably resolving DWI cases.  This fact can not be stressed enough.  DWI is a very discreet area of law with specific prosecutors, judges and other court resources devoted to it.  Your attorney must be thoroughly familiar with these people and places in order to navigate you to the best possible resolution.  Do your homework and only higher an attorney who concentrates his practice in defending those accused of DWI.

Should I Have Submitted to the Breath Test?

This answer requires nuance. It really depends on the scenario. Did you consume alcohol before driving?  If yes, what type of alcohol and what quantity? Were you involved in a motor vehicle accident or stopped for some other reason? Were you stopped a a police check-point? Have you been arrested before for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol? Has your license previously been suspended in the last five years for any other reason? Rest assured, no matter whether you submitted to the test or refused, I will develop a tailored strategy to favorably resolve your case and get you back on the road as soon as possible. When I talk to a new client, I have them answer the above questions and I then discuss the next steps to move their case in a positive direction. I am often able to lay out the road map for success early in the representation. This decisiveness always makes my client feel less stressed and confident about the future outcome to his or her case.

Why should you only hire an attorney who concentrates in DWI cases?

When I first started practicing 26 years ago I felt that I could win every case that I handled.  I quickly learned the value of day in and day out experience.  Not only do we live in a world with many laws and rules, the professionals who enforce those rules (judges, prosecutors and court personnel ) are all individuals with the same personality variations that we all have. There is no way to be your best at DWI and criminal defense until you have spent many years in the trenches with the Judges, lawyers and court personnel who handle these matters.  My experience has brought me to the point where I can assess the facts of a case and my client’s background efficiently to develop not only a legal strategy, but what I like to call a “personal strategy”.  Simply put, my personal strategy is my decision making about not only how to approach and negotiate with prosecutors, but also which supervising prosecutor to approach based on my assessment of my client, their case and their background. I could never have done this with the level of efficiency I now possess, when I first started practicing.  The years of day-in and day-out experience have honed my skills sharply and allowed me to be one of the most successful  attorneys practicing criminal and DWI defense in Suffolk and Nassau Counties.

Notable DWI Case Results

  • Medical Doctor charged with DWI in Suffolk County. Suffolk County Criminal Lawyer | Suffolk County DWI Lawyer Edward Palermo negotiates reduction to simple traffic infraction to insure no negative impact on Doctor’s career.
  • Client charged with aggravated DWI. Client is a financial professional and his future career advancement was in jeopardy if convicted of this serious misdemeanor crime. The Suffolk County District Attorney VERY RARELY agrees to reduce such a charge because of the elevated Blood Alcohol Content finding by police. Suffolk County Criminal Lawyer | Suffolk County DWI Lawyer Edward Palermo negotiated an extremely favorable resolution which will lead to the reduction of the aggravated DWI to a simple traffic infraction after 1 year of good behavior by the client. His professional license and future career opportunities are secure.
  • Client charged with DWI after driving his vehicle into a residential home in Suffolk County. The District Attorney originally recommended jail time. Suffolk County Criminal Lawyer | Suffolk County DWI Lawyer Edward Palermo negotiated a very favorable outcome which will lead to dismissal of criminal charges and only a traffic violation after 1 year of good conduct by client.
  • Pennsylvania business man charged with DWI in Suffolk County. Suffolk County Criminal Lawyer | Suffolk County DWI Lawyer Edward Palermo negotiates a reduced charge of only a single traffic violation.
  • Edward represented a New Jersey Businessman charged with DWI in Suffolk County. Suffolk County Criminal Lawyer | Suffolk County DWI Lawyer Edward Palermo negotiates a reduction of the criminal charges to a non-criminal traffic violation.
  • Edward Palermo represented student at Stony Brook University charged with DWI in Suffolk County. Again, Edward negotiates a reduction of the criminal charges to a non-criminal traffic violation.
  • Edward Palermo represented a Brooklyn resident in a DWI charge on Long Island. As a successful real estate broker, the client was concerned about the effect a criminal conviction would have on his professional license and livelihood. The District Attorney would not reduce the charge to a non-criminal traffic violation because the client was previously arrested for driving while intoxicated. Edward found a flaw in the prosecution’s handling of the case and made a motion to dismiss the case. The motion was granted in its entirety and the case was completely DISMISSED.
  • Suffolk County Criminal Lawyer | Suffolk County DWI Lawyer Edward Palermo represented a client in DWI matter involving an accident and an alleged .20 blood alcohol content based upon a preliminary breath test administered by the arresting officer. Edward scheduled the matter for trial and the client was found not guilty of the driving while intoxicated misdemeanor.

Notable Criminal Case Results

  • Suffolk County Criminal Lawyer | Suffolk County DWI Lawyer Edward Palermo represented a young man charged with first degree assault and a number of assorted felonies and misdemeanors. The charges carried a maximum sentence of 25 years and a minimum sentence of 5 years upon conviction. The assigned Suffolk County District Attorney offered a sentence of 15 years. Edward rejected the offer and scheduled the matter for trial in the New York State Supreme Court. The trial lasted for four weeks and approximately 15 witnesses, including 3 experts, testified. The jury needed only four hours to acquit Edward’s client of the assault first degree and all other charges. The case was reported in Newsday.
  • Edward Palermo represented a college student from New York City in a tragic vehicular death case in Manhattan wherein a young Scottish woman died. A conviction on the charges carried a sentence of up to eleven years in State’s prison. The case was covered in the cities major newspapers including the Times, the Post and the Daily News. Edward negotiated a very favorable disposition for his client and avoided any state imprisonment.
  • Suffolk County Criminal Lawyer | Suffolk County DWI Lawyer Edward Palermo represented an infamous reputed leader of a Haitian paramilitary group in a mortgage fraud case in New York State Supreme Court in Suffolk County. The client faced a sentence of up to 25 years in state’s prison. The case received television and press coverage including a three-page article in the New York Times, where Edward was quoted, and in national wire reports. Edward successfully opposed a one million dollar bail application by the prosecuting attorney and after months of litigation, negotiated a very favorable disposition for the client to the least state sentence under law.
  • Edward Palermo represented two people charged with First Degree Rape. Each faced up to 25 years in state prison. The matter went to trial in the New York State Supreme Court in Suffolk County. Both clients were acquitted of all charges.
  • Suffolk County Criminal Lawyer | Suffolk County DWI Lawyer Edward Palermo represented a client charged with violent Second Degree Burglary allegation. The client faced the three strikes rule and life imprisonment. Edward tried the case and convinced a fair-minded Suffolk County Jury that his client was not guilty of the charge. The client was then immediately released after having been detained in jail for more than 8 months while awaiting trial.
  • Edward Palermo represented a client accused of a gunpoint First Degree Robbery wherein the client faced up to 25 years in state prison. Once again, Edward convinced a Suffolk County Jury to acquit his client.
  • Edward Palermo represented a businessman accused of Second Degree Sodomy. The client faced up to 7 years in State prison and deportation. Edward persuaded a Jury in Nassau County to acquit his client of the sodomy charge.
  • Edward Palermo represented the president of an international shipping company who faced the prospect of federal fraud and bribery charges in the United States District Court in Jacksonville Florida. 20 years in federal prison was the potential exposure for the client if convicted. Edward negotiated a result wherein the client would serve 6 months in a federal halfway house. The client was only incarcerated at night. He was able to continue to work at his company.
  • Edward Palermo represented a medical doctor charged with leaving the scene of an accident with a fatality. The doctor, who had no prior criminal history, now faced up to 4 years in a state prison. Edward convinced a New York State Supreme Court Justice to sentence his client to probation without any jail time.
  • Edward Palermo represented a man charged with criminal possession of marijuana in the first degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree in the Suffolk County Supreme Court. Edward was hired after bail was set at a million dollars with the man’s prior counsel. The client faced upwards of a decade in State prison if convicted of the charges. Edward, first, reargued bail and successfully lowered the amount to $400,000, which the client posted. He then successfully motioned the Court to dismiss the marijuana charge. Finally, he negotiated a very favorable disposition to a misdemeanor where the client received no jail and no probation. The District Attorney’s Office also agreed to return a large sum of cash that was seized from the client at the time of his arrest. The client then advised Edward that he was “his attorney for life”.
  • Edward is a Suffolk County Criminal Lawyer |Suffolk County DWI Lawyer who has successfully represented hundreds of other clients. His passion for helping the underdog is unmatched. He is ready to help you or a loved one.

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