About Us


Perlmutter & McGuinness, P.C.. brings a broad-base of criminal defense experience that very few lawyers anywhere can match.  From defending terrorists, to organized crime figures, to gang leaders, from murder and death-penalty cases, to uncovering police corruption, to forging new pathways in international human rights law, Adam Perlmutter and Daniel McGuinness have developed a reputation as aggressive trial attorneys whose work is firmly grounded in thorough preparation, superior knowledge of the law, and a steadfast commitment to integrity.

Their work has received national and international attention including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New Yorker, National Public Radio and elsewhere.  They have also appeared as a commentators on CNN, Al Jazeera, TruTV (formerly Court TV) and other news outlets.

The criminal-defense attorneys of Perlmutter & McGuinness, P.C.. have experience in defending cases in all federal and state courts throughout New York City and beyond.  Everyone on our team has received extensive training including our staff members.  Also, no client will ever have difficulty contacting their attorney – even on nights and weekends – because all of our lawyers provide their personal cell phone number to each client with whom they work.  We are there for you 24/7.

Our organized and methodical approach to defending cases consistently results in excellent outcomes for our clients. The key to the firm’s success is an extensive knowledge of the law, the courts, the judges, and the legal process that is unparalleled. The firm’s employees, from attorneys to support staff, treat each client with respect, care and patience. We are there to protect you and to protect your life.

With offices located in Midtown Manhattan, just blocks from both Grand Central Station and Penn Station, the Perlmutter & McGuinness, P.C. is easily accessible from everywhere in New York City, as well as Long Island, New Jersey, Connecticut and Westchester.   Every lawyer in our office well versed in the courts, prosecutors, and law-enforcement agencies and will discreetly and professionally handle every aspect of your case, from arrest to arraignment to trial and appeal, if necessary.

Being arrested for any crime from murder to a DUI / DWI is a terrible event, but with the right attorney, you can mount an effective defense and keep the negative consequences can be kept to a minimum.  Perlmutter & McGuinness, P.C. will allow you to be comfortable in the knowledge that your case is in capable hands.

Accused of a DWI?

Anyone accused in New York of a DUI / DWI, driving under the influence of drugs, or any other drinking and driving offense can trust Perlmutter & McGuinness to provide sound legal advice and achieve the best possible outcome both in court and at the DMV. Because the consequences of a drunk driving arrest can be so severe, it’s important not to entrust DUI / DWI defense to an amateur.  Adam D. Perlmutter and Daniel A. McGuinness have made the firm a leader in New York DUI / DWI defense.

Adam Perlmutter and Daniel McGuinness are nationally renowned attorneys in the area of drinking driving related offense and forensic discovery issues related to breath testing.  Adam’s trial advocacy techniques are so formidable that he hosts seminars for other attorneys to teach the art of grilling prosecution witnesses and effective trial presentation.  Adam Perlmutter is also a certified breath test operator and in administering the Standard Field Sobriety tests.

Our proven formula of success translates again and again into favorable outcomes for the firm’s clients.  The key to our success is teamwork – excellent attorneys, staff and investigators work together to ensure an exceptional outcome to every case.  The firm’s employees, from attorneys to support staff, treat each client with the respect they deserve.   The people in his firm are well-versed in every aspect of DUI / DWI defense, and can dismantle both the physical and circumstantial evidence in a prosecutor’s case. “We are constantly striving to develop new theories and approaches to New York DWI defense,” Adam says. “We strive every day to be a cut above the rest.”

Perlmutter & McGuinness, P.C. also has the largest DUI / DWI library in New York City, including the most extensive records on the breath machines used by the NYPD.  We also own and operate breath-testing equipment used by law-enforcement to give us, our staff and our experts the tools they need to attack the physical evidence in drunk driving cases.

“It’s not just about winning a case,” Adam explains. “It’s about helping folks close a chapter of their lives and move forward.  Getting arrested for drunk driving can be one of the most traumatic events in life, and it’s important to obtain knowledgeable legal help to aggressively fight the charges and keep negative consequences to a minimum.  Perlmutter & McGuinness, P.C. has the skills to effectively dismantle a prosecutor’s case and achieve the best possible outcome.

Why We Win

“Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” – Winston Churchill

As experienced New York DUI / DWI lawyers, clients often ask us why they should bother fighting their drunk driving case.  When a client comes in for a free consultation, we first gather the facts regarding the arrest, the basis of the traffic stop, and the results of any sobriety coordination tests or chemical tests they submitted to. At this point, clients usually ask, “Why should I fight this?”  Let’s look at some of the reasons why you need an experienced DUI / DWI lawyer on your side.

The first thing to know is that if you plead guilty to drunk driving, you will be convicted of drunk driving. Drunk driving is a serious charge.  Very often it results in a permanent criminal conviction that stays on your record for the rest of your life.  Even a non-criminal “violation” to driving while impaired will stay on your criminal record FOREVER.

But, if you don’t plead guilty, you are presumed innocent and you are also entitled—in the state of New York—to a jury trial if you are charged with DWI. This means that for a misdemeanor case, 6 jurors must be convinced beyond a reasonable doubt of your guilt in order to convict you.

What are the possible results of a jury trial?  All 6 jurors can agree that the defendant is guilt y, all 6 jurors can agree that the defendant is innocent, or, some jurors can vote guilty and some can vote not guilty.  In the third scenario, you have what is called a “hung jury,” and a good possibility that your case can be dismissed.  That means you will walk away.

So what’s the bottom line here?  If you can convince only one of the 6 jurors to vote not guilty, you may win the case.  Doesn’t that sound a lot better than relying on the mercy of the judge and the prosecutor?

Another reason to fight your case is that pleading guilty to first misdemeanor offense may lead to a three year probation sentence.  Probation can completely deny you the right to drive during that three year period or require that you have an ignition interlock device during that entire period.  You may also be required to pay fines and attend DUI classes during probation, or meet other requirements. In addition, keep in mind that a drunk driving conviction will result in a significant increase in your auto insurance, a loss of your driving privileges, restrictions on travel outside the United States, create problems renting and leasing cars, and have other negative effects as well.

Luckily, you do have the right to fight your DUI case.  Contact us to find out how.

You won’t know what is possible until you do.