Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Viscosi served honorably in the United States Coast Guard after attending college at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. During law school, he interned with the United States Attorney’s Office in Springfield, Massachusetts and was employed for one year with the New York State Attorney General Consumer Fraud and Protection Bureau in Albany. Mr. Viscosi also proudly served as a reservist at the Coast Guard District One Office of the Judge Advocate General in Boston.
After law school, Mr. Viscosi worked as an Assistant District Attorney prosecuting various crimes. Then, as a defense attorney, he continuously applied the lessons he learned while serving his country to zealously represent individuals who have been criminally charged. He specifically dedicates himself to learning the developing science behind drug and alcohol testing as it relates to the field of DWI defense.
Mr. Viscosi is a member of the New York State Bar Association, has been named by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star for DWI law for the past two years and has achieved successful outcomes in numerous jury trials at both the felony and misdemeanor levels. He is admitted to practice law both in the State of New York and in United States District Court for the Northern District of New York.
Why DWI Defense?
Criminal defense- especially DWI – is the focal point where our society’s interest in public safety directly intersects with our rights as citizens to be free of government intrusion as outlined by our Constitution. It would be the easy way out to simply say, well, these people must have drove drunk so let’s punish them because they deserve it.
Many times there exists a number on a piece of a paper from a breath test that supposedly can tell what amount of alcohol is in someone’s blood at the time that they drove. All too often those numbers go unsubstantiated by law enforcement and unchallenged by defense attorneys. Crime labs lack transparency, the technology isn’t thoroughly vetted and the actual testing for drugs and alcohol is simply far from error free.
I believe in a limited government that respects the rights and freedoms of its citizens and, more importantly, that very design is one of the core principles of this great nation. Although driving while intoxicated is a serious offense, I think most people would agree that the landscape surrounding this crime has changed dramatically over the years. We have seen the interjection of quantities of money into the enforcement of vehicle and traffic law, the use of roadblock checkpoints and the slow erosion of our ability to live a life free of government interference. In 1759 Ben Franklin once said that “those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty not safety.” Those words have never been truer than applied against the backdrop of DWI law today.
Named 2014 and 2015 Super Lawyers rising star for DUI defense in New York State
- New York State Bar Association
- National DUI Defense College
Twice awarded the United States Coast Guard Letter of Commendation
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