Steven Epstein is a founding partner at Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea & LoTurco, LLP and head of the firm’s DWI and Vehicular Crimes group. Mr. Epstein has more than 29 years of experience in the field of criminal defense and has tried well over 100 DWI cases to verdict.
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 has represented clients facing vehicular crimes charges throughout New York State and has defended clients charged with DWI or vehicular homicide in many other states including New Hampshire, Vermont, Pennsylvania and Oklahoma. He is often called upon to assist local counsel handing vehicular homicide cases based on his expertise handling forensic and scientific issues such as blood and breath test evidence.
He is a nationally recognized and much sought after lecturer at continuing legal education seminars for other attorneys. Mr. Epstein is Head of the Steven Epstein DWI Defense Institute, an educational program designed to teach lawyers how to defend DWI and Vehicular Homicide cases and is relied upon as the principal instructor in the area of DWI defense for most of the New York City area public defender offices. Mr. Epstein regularly lectures throughout New York State and other parts of the country on the topic of DWI. In total, he has trained well over three thousand attorneys in the area of DWI defense. He has also served as an adjunct professor of law at Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University since 1998 and is 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 proudly serves as the co-chair of the National Task Force on Trial Advocacy for the National College for DUI Defense. Mr. Epstein also serves the National College for DUI Defense as a Faculty Member, New York State Delegate and Northeast Regional Delegate. Mr. Epstein is a member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and serves as Vice President and the chair for their CLE committee. Mr. Epstein is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the New York State Bar Association. In 2019, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers named him as of their top 20 CLE lecturers. He has been named a New York metro area Super Lawyer every year since 2014 and in 2021 was awarded the President’s Award by the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for his service to the legal community during the pandemic.
Mr. Epstein successfully challenged New York’s discovery statute and obtained and enforced an order directing the State to turn over to every defendant in New York State the full records of gas chromatography that relate to the certification of the simulator solution used for every person charged with a DWI who submitted to a breath test. This ruling subsequently resulted in a change to New York’s legislation. The resulting new discovery statute now entitles every defendant to the full records of gas chromatography that relate to the certification of the simulator solution, a statute he helped author.
Mr. Epstein has won trials for his clients charged with vehicular homicide, aggravated driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated, driving while impaired by drugs and other vehicular crimes offenses in New York and other states. In a recent case he defended a client charged with DWI in Vermont, took the case to trial and won a not guilty verdict.
Mr. Epstein was appointed by the United States Department of Justice as a 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.
Mr. Epstein successfully completed the NHTSA DWI/SFST practitioner course; a 24 hour course recognized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and has successfully completed coursework on the use and maintenance of breath testing devices.
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- Named to List of 2018’s Top 20 Continuing Legal Education Lecturer by National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
- Named a New York Metro Area Super Lawyer 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020
- 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.
- 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
If you or a loved one have been arrested for DWI or any crime, Mr. Epstein is available 24/7 to help. Call (888) 779-0267 to get started.