DWI cases are challenging because of how life changing they are, so something that you need to make sure that you have is a team of legal support that you can trust to put your best interest first. From the initial steps of the process to any additional questions that you may have down the road, we will be there for you whenever you need us.

DWI/DWAI/DWAI Drugs

If you or a loved one has been arrested for Driving While Intoxicated (“DWI”), Driving While Ability Impaired (“DWAI”), or Driving While Ability Impaired with Drugs (“DWAI Drugs”) you likely have many questions about your case, specifically, how the case will proceed, and what you can expect at your court appearances and potential outcomes.  It is imperative to have an attorney who is experienced in this complex field, who understands the issues and procedures, who can advise you about all the potential consequences, including consequences imposed by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (“DMV”), and who has the skill, knowledge, and expertise to properly negotiate a resolution and/or effectively advocate your matter at trial.  At O’Brien & Wood, PLLC we have the knowledge and skill to handle these types of cases whether it is your first offense, a felony level offense, or even if it involved Vehicular Assault or Manslaughter.

We understand that you have a unique case with unique goals and will we work with you to accomplish these goals.

Having handled thousands of DWI related cases, we understand the complexities of the various issues that each alcohol or drug related case may entail. It is important for an attorney to recognize the weaknesses of the prosecution’s case and to expose those issues in order to get you a better plea offer or more effectively fight your case through hearings and trial when necessary.

Kevin O’Brien has been involved in these types of cases for the vast majority of his career. He has litigated DWI cases through hearings and trial as both a prosecutor and now as a defense attorney. The DWI laws are always changing and frequently becoming more punitive in both the criminal law aspects as well as how these charges affect your license with the DMV. Having handled hundreds of hearings with at DMV, local courts, and felony courts, Kevin O’Brien has become very skilled at exposing the government’s weaknesses in cases against his clients. There are few attorneys within New York State who have taken as many DWI and DWI related cases to trial cases to trial as Kevin O’Brien.

At O’Brien Wood we have handled DWI cases throughout the Capital Region, including nearly every court in Albany, Saratoga, Rensselaer, and Schenectady Counties. We have also handled numerous DWI cases in the North Country, the Catskills, the Hudson Valley, and throughout the courts of New York State.

We understand that driving can often be essential to your job, your family, and how you are able to function in your day to day life. We know the law in this field and we will do everything in our power to make sure that all of your rights are protected, that we minimize any potential consequences, and if necessary we will fight all the way through trial to protect you and your family.


If you or a loved one has been charged with a DWI or DWI related offense, please feel free to contact our office to discuss your case. We can answer your questions and move forward with the case in a manner that works best for you and your goals.

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