Steven B. Epstein

Founding Partner/Head of DWI and Vehicular Crimes Litigation

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A founding partner, Mr. Epstein is widely recognized as one of the foremost DWI attorneys in the country, specializing in representing clients accused of DWI, vehicular homicides and other criminal  offenses.  He is a nationally recognized and much sought after lecturer at continuing legal education seminars for other attorneys, and the author of numerous published articles relating to trial techniques, legal challenges to scientific evidence, legal updates and other criminal and DWI defense related issues.  Mr. Epstein also proudly serves as a faculty member of the distinguished National College for DUI Defense. Click here to see a list of Mr. Epstein’s seminars and publications.

If you or a loved one have been arrested for DWI or any crime, Mr. Epstein is available 24/7 to help.  Call or text him at #516-650-1297.

Recognition
  • United States Department of Justice, appointed peer reviewer for National Institute of Justice
    Grant applications to conduct research that examines criminal justice tools, protocols, and
    policies concerning drug trafficking, markets and use, and the effects of drug legalization and
    decriminalization on law enforcement, applicable to State, tribal and local jurisdictions.
  • Successfully completed the NHTSA DWI/SFST practitioner course, a 24 hour course recognized
    by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. June 2-4, 2016.
Education
  • Pace University School of Law
    White Plains, New York – J.D. May, 1992 Graduated Cum Laude
  • State University of New York College at Oneonta
    • Oneonta, New York. Bachelor of Arts, Speech Communications – May, 198
    • Graduated Cum Laude, with Dean’s List Honors
Admissions
  • New York State Bar, First Department, 1992
  • Connecticut Bar, 1992
  • United States Supreme Court, 1993
  • United States District Court S.D.N.Y., N.D.N.Y. and E.D.N.Y, 1993
Associations
  • New York State Defenders Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • Adjunct Faculty, Pace University School of Law
  • Instructor, Legal Aid Society of the City of New York
Publications
  • It Takes a Team, The Defense of Vehicular Homicide Case, Atticus, Spring, 2017, Volume 29, Number 2 (New York Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers).
  • Jury Instructions: An Essential Tool to Conflict Resolution in a DWI Case, Winter, 2017,
    Volume 29, Number 1 (New York Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers).
  • Detecting Marijuana Impaired Drivers: A Lesson in History, Lawline 360, March 22, 2016.
  • Calibration, I do not Think That Word Means What You Think it Means, Atticus, Spring 2016,
    Volume 28, Number 2 (New York Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers).
  • FYI/DWI: What You Do in the Midnight Hour Can Win Your Case! Atticus, Winter, 2016,
    Volume 28, Number 1 (New York Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers).
  • The Evolution of Confrontation, Atticus, Fall 2015, Volume 27, Number 3 (New York
    Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers).
  • Keeping the Preliminary Breath Test Out of Evidence, Atticus, Winter 2015, Volume 27,
    Number 1 (New York Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers).
  • The GERD Defense in a DWI Case, Public Defense Backup Center Report, Volume XXIX,
    Number 2, June-July 2014 (New York State Defenders Association).
  • The GERD Defense in a DWI Case, Atticus, Spring 2014, Volume 26, Number 1(New York
    Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers).
  • Strategies for Defending DWI Cases in New York, 2014 ed.: (Inside the Minds) New Edition,
    Aspatore, 2014
  • Strategies for Defending DWI Cases in New York, 2013 ed.: (Inside the Minds) New Edition,
    Aspatore, 2013
  • Strategies for Defending DWI Cases in New York, 2011 ed.: Leading Lawyers on Understanding
    Today’s DWI Environment, Constructing a Defense Strategy, and Counseling Clients (Inside the
    Minds), Aspatore.
  • Telling the Story in a DWI Case, Atticus, Winter, 2013, Volume 24, Number 4 (New York
    Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers).
  • DWI Proposals Cast Too Wide a Net, New York Law Journal, May 29, 2013, Letters to the
    Editor.
  • Bill Strengthening Child Passenger Safety Law Takes Effect Nov. 1, New York Law Journal,
    August 22, 2013, Outside Counsel, P. 4.
Seminars
  • Defending DWI Cases – The Critical Issues “Breath Test Issues”, New York State Bar
    Association, September 8, 14 and 28, 2017, Buffalo, New York City and Albany.
  • Blood and Breath Testing: Science Made Simple, Upstate Criminal Defense Seminar, New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, June 9, 2017, Saratoga Springs, New York.
  • Fifth Annual Man vs. Machine: Constructing the Defense in a DWI Case, “A Primer on the Science of Blood and Breath Testing” March 10, 2017, St. Francis College, Brooklyn, NY
  • Fifth Annual Man vs. Machine: Constructing the Defense in a DWI Case, “Summations and the Arty of Telling a Story” March 10, 2017, St. Francis College, Brooklyn, NY
  • Blood and Breath Testing in New York DWI Cases: Skills for Making the Science of Measuring Blood Alcohol Simple, Lawline.com, December 18, 2016, Webcast.
  • On the Road Again: Challenging the Lifetime Driver’s License Revocation, Bronx County Bar Association, November 16, 2016.
  • Presenting Scientific Evidence to Laypeople, Texas Tech University School of Law, October 28, 2016, Lubbock, TX.
  • The Pathway of a DWI Prosecution, The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct, October 18, 2016, New York, NY
  • National College for DUI Defense, Summer Session 2016 at Harvard Law School, “Just Say No to Losing Your Client’s Commercial or Professional License”, National College for DUI Defense, July 21-23, 2016 at Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA.
  • The Basics of Gas Chromatography and Why it is Relevant to DWI Cases, Bronx Bar Association, May 25, 2016.
  • DWI on Trial – Big Apple XVI, “The Intoxilyzer 5000 – What You Need to Know,” New York State Bar Association, May 18, 2016, New York, NY.
  • Cutting Edge Criminal Defense: “The Basics of Gas Chromatography” New York State Defenders Association, May 6, 2016, Binghamton, New York.
  • “DWI and the Law: What to do in the Midnight Hour,” Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP, April 21, 2016.
  • Cross to Kill 2016: “10 Concepts You Need to Understand to do a Cross Examination of the Breath Test Operator in a DUI Case.” New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, April 15, 2016, New York, New York.
  • “10 Concepts You Need to Understand to do a Cross Examination of the Breath Test Operator in a DUI Case” Lawline.com, January 29, 2016, Webcast.
  • Cannabis and Cars: What you Need to Know to Defend a Marijuana DUI Case. “Where the Government is Taking Us,” National College of DUI Defense, Marina Del Ray, California, January 22, 2016.
  • Fourth Annual Man vs. Machine: Blood, Sweat and Breath, St. Francis College, Brooklyn, NY November 3, 2015. Lectured on The Basics of Blood Testing and Gas Chromatography and Concepts Behind the Cross Examination of the Breath Test Operator.
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Handling a DWI Case: Handling the Probable Cause Hearing, New York State Bar Association, New York and Albany, NY, October 7 & 21, 2015.
  • Meeting to Review Drug Recognition and Impairment research, Department of Justice, Washington, D.C., August 24, 2015.
  • Presenting Complex Scientific Evidence to Laymen, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Dallas, Tx., October 1, 2015.
  • Handling the DWI Case From Arraignment Through Hearings, The Bronx Defenders, Bronx, New York, July 7, 2015.
  • DWI 101: What to do in the Midnight Hour, Columbian Lawyers Association, New York, NY, May 6, 2015.
  • Three Part DWI Series: Storytelling in DWI Cases (April 7, 2015); PBT-Keeping the Preliminary Breath Test Out and What To Do If It Comes In (April 8, 2015); and Man v. Machine the Intoxilyzer 5000EN (May 4, 2015 ), New York County Bar Association.
  • Handling the DWI Case From Arraignment Through Hearings, The Bronx Defenders, Bronx, New York, April 17, 2015.
  • Presenting Complex Scientific Evidence in Simple Terms to a Jury: Mastering Scientific Evidence in DUI/DWI Cases, National College for DUI Defense and Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. New Orleans, LA March 26-28, 2015.
  • The PBT: How to Keep it Out of Evidence and What to do When it Comes in. The Assigned Counsel Plan, Appellate Division First Department. New York. N.Y. December 18, 2014
  • The PBT: How to Keep it Out of Evidence and What to do When it Comes in. The Bronx Bar Association, Bronx, N.Y. December 10, 2014
  • The DWI Case: From Arrest to Trial. The Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division, New York, N.Y. December 3, 2014
  • The Science of Breath Testing and the Tools to Defeat it, Pace Law School, White Plains, N.Y. November 18, 2014.
  • Telling the Story in a DWI Case, New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Hudson Valley Fall Trainer, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. November 14, 2014
  • Handling the DWI Case in New York – Commercial Licenses, Underage Offenders and Out-of State Defendants. New York State Bar Association, October 6, 2014
  • Third Annual Man vs. Machine: The Breath Test Case on Trial Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, NY, NY. July 10, 2014
  • Advanced Issues in Breath Testing, Nassau County Legal Aid Society, July 9, 2014
  • The Intoxilyzer 5000 on trial, Nassau Academy of Law (October 10 and 15, 2013)
  • Cross to Kill: Cross of the Breathalyzer Technician, New York Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (April 26, 2013)
  • Second Annual Man vs. Machine Seminar: Attacking Portable Breath Tests, Brooklyn, New York (December 7, 2012)
  • Jury Selection in the DWI Case, Bronx County Bar Association – May 23, 2012
  • Cross Examination of the Intoxilyzer 5000EN Operator, Nassau County Criminal Court Bar Association – May 10, 2012
  • First Annual Man vs. Machine: The Intoxilyzer 5000en, The Legal Aid Society of New York – May, 2011
  • The Defense of the DWI Case, The Legal Aid Society of New York – 1998 – Present
  • Cross Examination of the DWI Breath Technician Assigned Counsel Plan First Dept. November 2010
  • DWI Refusal Hearings, Bronx County Bar Association March 2010
  • Leandra’s Law Update, Bronx County Bar Association March 2010
  • Cross Examination of the DWI Breath Technician, Bronx County Bar Association November 2008
  • Update on DWI Defense, Sullivan County Bar Association January 2007
  • Update on DWI Defense, Bronx County Bar Association January 2007
  • How to Try Your First DWI Case, Korean-American Lawyers Association of Greater New York July, 2004
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