Michael V. Cibella, LLC - Litigation Attorney
Criminal Defense Attorney | Civil Litigation
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  • Michael saved my life. There is no other way to put it . . . Thank you, Michael, for giving me a new day! Assault in the First Degree in Manhattan, August 2016
  • I have a clean record and I will always have Michael to thank for that. Aggravated DWI with an accident in Brooklyn, February 2016
  • Michael was invaluable in helping me through a difficult time. After being arrested with a DWI and losing my job shortly after, I was at my wit's end. DWI with an Accident and Leaving the Scene, January 2016
  • Because of you, I'm driving my kids to school! Thank you!! DWI & DMV Refusal Hearing, August 2015
  • Mike Cibella did an excellent job! . . . When something wasn’t right the day the charge was to be dismissed, Mike hunted down the DA to make it right and end the case with a dismissal. We are grateful to have engaged him. Criminal Mischief, July 2015
  • Michael, I am grateful for your help with the DA and can't thank you enough for what you did for our son. You gave him a second chance . . . Grand Larceny, May 2015
  • Michael could not have done more for me in immediately being available and putting me at ease . . . had a bull-dog-like tenacity that never stopped fighting for my case and had a great court presentation. DWI, March 2015
  • I know a dodged a bullet and it's all thanks to Michael's judgment, experience and hard work! Insurance Fraud, September 2014
  • ... Again, I'm forever grateful. I wish there were better words. THANK YOU! Fraud Investigation, July 2014
  • Thank you for all your hard work and for making this crazy process a little easier to handle. I'm very fortunate to have had you on my side. DWI, February 2014
  • Thank you very much for all that you've done. You made this difficult process very easy for me and I'm doing much better thanks to your help. DWI, December 2013
  • Thank you for saving my career! Investment Bank Trader, Larceny case, July 2011.
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Protecting Your License And Your Rights

While a driving while intoxicated (DWI) charge was once treated as a relatively minor offense, it now has more severe consequences than ever before, even if you are a first-time offender with no other criminal record. When you are facing drunk driving charges, taking your chances with an inexperienced or low cost attorney can be a major risk.

At the
Law Offices of Michael V. Cibella, LLC, a criminal defense law firm in New York City, we have over 15 years of experience in criminal law and will guide our clients through every step of the legal process, providing a zealous defense that protects their rights and helps them mitigate negative consequences.

Our attorneys are experienced in handling

  • DWI (driving while intoxicated)
  • Aggravated DWI
  • DUI (driving under the influence)
  • DWAI (driving while ability impaired by alcohol)
  • DWAI (by drugs)
  • Refusal of a Breathalyzer test

Severe Consequences Of Drunk Driving

If you are convicted of drunk driving, you will face severe DWI penalties, including:

  • Revoked or suspended driver’s license
  • Alcohol monitoring by an electronic bracelet
  • Vehicle forfeiture
  • Substantial fines and costs
  • Potential jail or probation
  • Major insurance rate increases

With the recent passage of Leandra’s Law,
all misdemeanor and felony DWI offenders in New York are required to install ignition interlock systems – typically adding hundreds of dollars in costs per month. You will also be charged with a felony if a person 15 or younger is inside your vehicle.

Penalties have also been increased if you are convicted of Aggravated DWI for having a blood alcohol content of .18% or higher.

Attentive Representation From A Manhattan Drunk Driving Lawyer

With more than 15 years of experience in criminal law, we analyze the circumstances of your arrest to determine whether the officer had probable cause to stop your vehicle. We will scrutinize the police paperwork for inconsistencies and mistakes and determine whether the officer followed proper procedure. We will also obtain video following your arrest to determine whether sobriety and blood alcohol tests were administered correctly and to see how you appeared shortly after your arrest.

Defense attorney
Michael V. Cibella is a former prosecutor who understands both sides of a DWI case. His insight and experience enable him to build a strong defense case for trial or obtain a favorable plea agreement that minimizes negative consequences. Whether this is your first offense, or you have been charged with DWI before, he can help you navigate the complex laws with the necessary attention to detail and determination to help put this matter behind you.

To schedule a free initial consultation with an NYC DWI and DWAI lawyer,
contact us at 212-818-1880.