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I have been voted "Best Lawyer on Long Island" 5 consecutive years, I was featured as a Trailblazer by the prestigious New York Law Journal in 2019 and have a perfect 10 “superb” rating from AVVO.

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I treasure my clients 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.

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I will answer all of your questions. I will explain the DWI charges you face. I will explain potential strategies to win your case. New clients ALWAYS feel better after they speak to me. All clients have my cell and new clients can text me for immediate assistance at 631-903-3733.

- Ed Palermo

Suffolk County DWI Attorney

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Skilled DWI Lawyers in Suffolk County, NY

I am a Suffolk County DWI Lawyer with more than 29 years of experience. I concentrate my practice on helping individuals who face DWI charges. I have represented more than 1000 Long Island and NYC residents over my career.

I am proud of my track record of success. Helping my clients is my only goal. If you or a loved one needs a Suffolk County DWI Lawyer, please do not hesitate to call me today. I am always here to help.

There is no substitute for experience when finding a Suffolk County DWI Lawyer. I am always happy to extend my family of clients. I will fight for you and make sure that you always feel protected and secure.

Reach out to me today by texting me on my cell (631) 903-3733.

Edward Palermo has been Voted Best Lawyer on Long Island!

I have been voted “Best Lawyer on Long Island” for the years 2019 – 2023 in the BFCU Best of Long Island Contest!  Being voted the best for the last five years in a row is a tremendous honor.  I am grateful to have such loyal clients who have voted for me!  The contest does not list specific criteria and rules allow individuals to vote no more than once per day.  I have also been recognized by the prestigious New York Law Journal as a “Trailblazer”.  I have a perfect “10” rating from AVVO and my clients have written many 5-star reviews after I have represented them on google and other platforms.

Suffolk County DWI Lawyer Edward Palermo

My practice as a Suffolk County DWI Lawyer has been built on a foundation of success and satisfied clients. My life revolves around my clients and their ultimate satisfaction.

Driving while intoxicated by alcohol and driving while ability impaired by drugs is taken very seriously in Suffolk County. People charged with Driving while intoxicated by alcohol or driving while ability impaired by drugs face consequences including prison time, a life-long criminal record and revocation of driving privileges. Hiring the right Suffolk County DWI lawyer is critical.

When facing a permanent criminal record and possible incarceration, second best will not do. My clients have included doctors, lawyers, corporate executives, teachers and college students. My clients care deeply about their reputation and freedom. My only desire is the BEST POSSIBLE RESOLUTION for my client. Nothing deters me from obtaining this outcome.

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Meet Ed Palermo

I am a Suffolk County DWI Lawyer with more than 29 years of experience. I concentrate my practice on helping individuals who face DWI charges. I have represented more than 1000 Long Island and NYC residents over my career.

Helping my clients is my only goal. If you or a loved one needs a Suffolk County DWI Lawyer, please do not hesitate to call me today. I am always here to help.

There is no substitute for experience when finding a Suffolk County DWI Lawyer. I am always happy to extend my family of clients. I will fight for you and make sure that you always feel protected and secure.

I became a DWI Lawyer to help regular, hard-working people through a very stressful time. I understand the emotions people experience. I am here to get you through this.

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Suffolk County DWI Felonies

Felony DWI’s can occur for a number of reasons. These charges are very serious and convictions can lead to loss of driving privileges and potentially long prison sentences.

The offenses of DWI, Aggravated DWI, DWAI Drugs or DWAI Combined Influence can all be charged as felonies if within the past 10 years you have been convicted of any of these offenses (or Vehicular manslaughter or Vehicular assault).

You could be charged with a class “E” felony and face the following possible consequences:

  1. Up to 4 years in State Prison and a fine of up to $5,000;
  2. 5 years of probation;
  3. 1 year revocation of driver’s license; and
  4. additional obligations such a surcharge fees, driver responsibility assessment and installation of an ignition interlock device.

If you are accused of Aggravated DWI, DWAI Combined Influence, DWI or DWAI Drugs after having been convicted of one of those offenses (or Vehicular Assault 1st or 2nd degree or vehicular manslaughter) two times within the preceding 10 years.

You could be charged with a class “D” felony and face the following penalties:

  1. 7 years in State Prison and a fine up to $10,000;
  2. 5 years of probation;
  3. Loss of license for 18 months; and
  4. additional obligations such as surcharge fees, driver responsibility assessment and installation of an ignition interlock device.

Felony DWI charges can be life shattering. Having an experienced, talented Suffolk DWI lawyer by your side can make all the difference.

A Suffolk County DWI case can lead to a permanent criminal record

The defendant who has his or her license suspended for a chemical test reading at or over the legal limit is usually eligible for a hardship license from the Court. Additionally, these people are also eligible for a conditional license from the DMV within about 3 weeks. Alternatively, suspensions imposed by the Court for a refusal to submit to a chemical test are NOT eligible for a hardship or conditional license. Suspensions for accidents and reckless driving are also not eligible for a conditional or hardship license but skilled counsel can convince the judge to lift this type of suspension.

After arraignment, the main focus will be whether a plea agreement will be reached to resolve the case. For a Suffolk County DWI case, the main factors viewed by the prosecuting attorney are as follows:

  • Does the client have any prior arrests and/or convictions (especially driving under the influence)?
  • Was there an accident and/or allegation of reckless driving?
  • Did the client submit to a chemical test?
  • If chemical test results exist, how high was the reading?

The answers to these factual questions will go a long way to determining the first offer from the prosecutor. There are a number of policies now followed by The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. If there is an accident, normally no reduced plea is offered. The same is true where there is evidence of reckless driving and or a chemical test reading higher than .13 BAC. Also, a refusal to submit to a chemical test also triggers a no reduction response from the prosecutor assigned to the case. Same is true where the client has a prior driving under the influence conviction.

While these polices do often create hurdles for clients in obtaining favorable, non criminal, resolutions for their Suffolk County DWI case, a qualified Suffolk County DWI lawyer will give the best chance at success. Hurdles can be cleared, an experienced Suffolk County DWI lawyer will know the strategy giving the best chance for a positive outcome.

The most important consequences to avoid in a Suffolk County DWI case are jail time, a criminal record and probation. While jail is rare for first offenders, it becomes more likely for people with a history for driving under the influence. Again, the representation chosen has a tremendous impact on whether the outcome is favorable. An experienced, qualified and talented Suffolk County DWI lawyer is the best hope to avoid the possible negative consequences.

This entry is a very general overview of a Suffolk County DWI case for the uninitiated. If you or a loved one is arrested for driving while intoxicated or impaired, please do not hesitate to call us for more detailed information and advice.

Edward Palermo is a Suffolk County criminal and DWI lawyer with more than 20 years of experience. He has handled hundreds of driving under the influence cases and was recently named to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100.

Contact Our Distinguished Suffolk County DWI Attorney Today

Being recognized as one of the Top One Percent of lawyers in the United States by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel is an incredible distinction. My commitment to being the finest Suffolk County DWI Lawyer is unwavering, and I pledge to maintain the same exceptional level of service for my clients in the years ahead.

Passion drives me in my work, and I firmly believe that success in any endeavor requires a genuine love for what you do. Please don’t hesitate to reach out for a complimentary consultation. I look forward to discussing how I can assist you.

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