Christopher B. Kleister  Attorney and Jennifer L. McCarthy  Paralegal
Why Hire Us
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Orange County DWI and DUI Lawyer

Goshen Drunk Driving Defense Attorney

New York has a low blood alcohol standard of .08 for determining if an individual is driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI). Our Washingtonville legal team — attorney Christopher Kleister and paralegal Jennifer McCarthy — understands the serious consequences associated with DWI charges and convictions. At Our legal team, we will evaluate your situation from every angle to determine the best course of action.

Protect your driving privileges. Contact us today at 845-827-1909. Our Orange County DWI and DUI attorney will aggressively protect your rights.

Driver’s License Issues

In New York, if you are stopped for a DWI and fail the breathalyzer test by blowing .08 or higher, the court is obligated to suspend your license pending prosecution at your initial arraignment.

If you refuse to take a breath test, the court notifies the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) of your failure to submit to the test. The DMV will conduct a hearing to determine whether probable cause existed for your stop and if you refused the breath test. If the DMV determines that you failed to submit and it was a proper stop, your license will be revoked for one year.

It is vital that you consult with a criminal defense attorney before the arraignment. Certain protocols must be requested at the arraignment, or you lose your rights to them. For instance, if you do not request a hardship license, your rights to one could be waived.

In-Depth Evaluations

Our legal team conducts in-depth evaluations into every DWI case. We understand proper police procedures, as well as appropriate compliance guidelines for Breathalyzer units. When we discover improper procedures or illegally obtained evidence, we fight hard to have evidence suppressed and charges dismissed. Our in-depth review includes your:

  • Stop/Search
  • Breathalyzer test
  • Sobriety tests
  • Probable cause

Sentencing Issues

New York law places strict guidelines on DWI and DUI sentencing. If you receive two misdemeanor DUI convictions within 20 years, your second conviction elevates to a felony. You would face harsher sentencing and lasting consequences with a felony conviction.

We understand that every DUI case is unique. We tailor our representation to our clients’ needs and goals. Our extensive experience includes defending truck drivers facing CDL license revocation due to DWI charges. We are dedicated to minimizing your consequences at every stage of your case.

Contact Us Today

We are available to discuss your complex legal issue at 845-827-1909. For your convenience, you may also e-mail us. We proudly represent current and former members of the military at a discounted rate, as well as current and former members of the NYPD and FDNY. We also welcome and gladly accept PBA vouchers, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, Personal Checks and Paypal.

Payment plans are available on a case-by-case basis depending upon the nature of the case. We are centrally located in Orange County, New York. We are close to I-84, I-87 (NYS Thruway) and Route 17. Our office is located near the Brotherhood Winery, is handicap accessible and offers easy parking options.


America's Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys 2019
10 Best | 2016-2018 | 3 Years | Attorney | Client Satisfaction | American Institute of Family Law Attorneys TM
10 Best | 2018 | Attorney | Client Satisfaction | American Institute of Family Law Attorneys TM
Member of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce
2016 || TIMES HERALD-RECORD || Readers's Choice Winner
2017 || TIMES HERALD-RECORD || Readers's Choice Winner
2018 || TIMES HERALD-RECORD || Readers's Choice Winner
2019 || TIMES HERALD-RECORD || Readers's Choice Winner

The Kleister Law Group

The Kleister Law Group
85 East Main Street
Washingtonville, NY 10992

Phone: 845-827-1909
Fax: 845-496-1272