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Getting convicted of a DWI can have severe consequences, especially in New York City. You risk having to go to jail as well as losing your license. There's also a chance that you'll have to pay thousands of dollars in fines if you are convicted of a DWI. To help you fight your charge, you need an experienced DWI lawyer. Here at DeVerna Law, we have helped thousands of people just like you who were charged with DWI. We've helped many of them get their charges dismissed or reduced. Receiving a DWI conviction means that the court must prove without a doubt that you were operating a vehicle while intoxicated, and there are many steps the court must follow to prove that. At DeVerna Law, we know exactly how prosecutors will try to prosecute your case. And our in-depth knowledge of our prosecutors work can help us fight your case in the best way possible.

John Paul DeVerna has years of experience and is qualified to defend your DWI/DWAI case.  

The strategies and tactics learned while prosecuting and defending these types of cases can help you get the best resolution possible.

Contact John Paul DeVerna, Esq. at (212) 321-0025 or jpd@mynylawyer.com


New York State takes Driving While Ability Impaired (known as "DWAI") and Driving While Intoxicated (known as "DWI") arrests seriously and so should you.  Such an arrest may trigger two separate cases: (1) a criminal case and, when a person refuses to submit to the Breathalyzer test, also (2) a DMV case.

DeVerna Law has the experience you need to navigate through both these cases and can help you get the best resolution possible.


Depending on the facts particular to a case, a DWI conviction means more than just having a criminal record.  The additional penalties for a misdemeanor may include:


  • Incarceration (jail) for up to one year

  • Probation for up to three years

  • Driver's License Suspension for at least six months

  • A fine between $300 and $1,000

  • Up to $750 in Driver Responsibility Assessment fees

  • Community Service Requirements

  • Drinking and Driving Program (DDP) with costs up to $300

  • Victim Impact Panel

  • Vehicle Interlock Device with a set up fee of $125 and monthly service fee of up to $110

  • Loss of your Vehicle

  • Increased Car Insurance Rates or Dropped by your insurance company

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Thousands of people are convicted of DUI in New York City every year. Many of these cases are never taken to trial. If you have been charged of DUI, then you need an attorney in your corner who is willing to handle your case with the utmost care, even if it means taking the case to trial. Receiving a DUI conviction can have detrimental effects on your life. From hefty fines to jail time to losing your license, these consequences make it hard to save money and get to work. With a DUI attorney from DeVerna Law, you can rest easy knowing your DUI case will be handled properly throughout the whole court process. We will do everything we can to get your charges dropped or lowered. In the event we know there is no way to get the charges dropped, we will do everything we avoid a conviction that requires you going to jail. Contact us

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