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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At the Law Offices of Michael V. Cibella, LLC, our lawyers represent clients in Manhattan, Midtown, Brooklyn and throughout New York facing all types of DWI charges.

The criminal justice system can be difficult to understand. Our law firm has provided the following information to help you understand the basics of DWI charges and why it is important to work with an experienced defense attorney if you have been charged with a DWI.


What is DWI? DWI stands for driving while intoxicated and is a serious offense that can result in severe penalties and collateral consequences.

What is the difference between DWI and DWAI? DWI is a misdemeanor or felony charge and is when you are charged with driving while intoxicated by alcohol. DWAI, or driving while your abilities are impaired by alcohol or drugs, is a traffic infraction and does not result in a criminal charge. You may still be sentenced to up to 15 days in jail for a DWAI offense.

What is the difference between a misdemeanor and felony DWI charge? Misdemeanors are typically punishable by up to one year in jail. Felony DWI convictions are punishable by up to four years depending on the specific charge.

What will happen to my license? Your driving privileges will be affected if you are charged with a DWI in New York. Your license will be suspended after being charged with a DWI and your blood alcohol content is .08 percent or higher. You may be eligible to obtain a conditional license depending on your specific circumstances.

Punishments vary depending on the specific charges. Our DWI attorneys will provide skilled legal advice to ensure all options are explored to find the best possible outcome.

We invite you explore our website and call us at 212-818-1880 to discuss your specific legal situation. You can also contact us online.