New York State DWI defense attorneys

DWI Lawyers for Syracuse & Central NY

Serious Defense for Complex Charges

DWI charges are serious and complex. With decades of experience as prosecutors and defense lawyers, the DWI Defense Team at Azria & Bruffett is well suited to help you get past the charges you are facing. 

When you hire Azria & Bruffett to defend your case, you gain access to over 50 years of combined experience on all sides of the criminal justice system. This extensive experience and collaboration among attorneys within our firm helps your us deliver effective and creative DWI defense strategies.

We Listen to You 

Part of our commitment to you as a person is our dedication to being available for you whenever you have a question or concern. Prompt client communication is a founding principles of our firm. Prompt communication helps us provide a personalized defense, specific to your circumstances.

We Answer Your Questions

We find that the better you understand your case, the less daunting the process will be for you. Your attorney will review the legal basis for the charges brought against you to ensure that you understand your case and its potential impact on your life.  Your attorney will review the possible outcomes of your case and identify any challenges that might arise to reach that outcome.

Each case is different and each client is an individual and we always act accordingly.

We Tirelessly Pursue Your Best Interests

Your attorney will work tirelessly to achieve the most favorable outcome for your case. Most DWI cases are settled after negotiation, and our attorneys have successfully negotiated countless cases in numerous jurisdictions all over New York State.

Our extensive experience ensures that an intelligent and productive approach will be employed to effectively defend your rights. Though our attorneys are highly skilled negotiators, if negotiations fail, you can rest easy knowing that you have a trial-seasoned DWI Defense Team ready to give you your day in court.

Ralph Habib, Partner

Mr. Habib has prosecuted or defended criminal cases in New York State for his entire legal career spanning over 18  years.  As an Assistant District Attorney in Onondaga County for 8 years, Mr. Habib prosecuted both misdemeanor and felony DWI cases, conspiracy, wire-tap and narcotics cases up to and including A-1 cases, the highest level felony charges.  

For the last 10 years, Mr. Habib has provided top quality criminal and DWI defense to thousands of defendants in courts all over New York. Mr. Habib was among the first to defend a DWI case under Leandra’s Law in New York State.

David C. Bruffett Jr., Partner

Mr. Bruffett has substantial experience on all sides of a New York criminal case. As a Rensselaer County Assistant District Attorney, Mr. Bruffett prosecuted DWI cases and worked in the Major Crimes Unit. With the Onondaga County Assistant District Attorney’s office, Mr. Bruffett protected children and others prosecuting defendants in the Special Victims Unit. In 2012, Mr. Bruffett was elected as a Cicero Town Court Judge, where he still serves.

In 2015, Mr. Bruffett published on the topic of DWI in “Strategies for Defending DWI Cases in New York by Aspatore Books. 

Mr. Bruffett defends individuals charged with DWI in Onondaga County courts and surrounding counties. He welcomes your call about your DWI. 



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Client Testimonials

 Posted by: DWI Client to Avvo

Amazing life saver

This man is my savior. He got my aggravated DWI and traffic violation charges dismissed. I am thankful every day for the outcome of these charges and I owe it all to Mr. Ralph Habib!

 Posted by: Danielle to Avvo


Ralph was very clear in his explanations of the legal issues I was facing and successfully fulfilled every promise he made. I would strongly recommend him. He truly went above and beyond in my case and that is a rarity for an attorney.

 Posted by: Yervand to Avvo


Seth was referred by an excellent lawyer from Cleveland, OH and I found his services remarkable. He delivered more then he promised. I guess that what makes any client happy. Thank you Seth, I wish we had more professionals like you in this country.

 Posted by: Bill to Avvo

An honorable man

I was charged with 3 counts of DWI with a BAC of .26 and was faced with serious penalties. It was Fathers day weekend and I found myself at the grave of my oldest son. I made it home thankfully without hurting anyone or causing any property damage. Stupidest thing I'd ever done. It's no excuse for dumb choices but Mr. Habib believed in me and working closely with the DA and counseling services got all charges reduced to 1 count of DWAI and 1 count of reckless driving. I will be forever in this man's debt because now I'm home with my other children instead of waiting for them to come visit me.

 Posted by: a client to Avvo

Great lawyer, great individual

Ralph persevered relentlessly through my difficult DWI case to bring it to a very favorable outcome. The case spanned over 7 months with multiple court dates and he was with me all the way through. He is extremely approachable and responsive as well as very knowledgeable and I would recommend him to anyone out there.

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Mr. Bruffett was a lawyer that I could depend on; he returned phone calls, answered questions, and advised me. He explained the legal process. I am very thankful for his expertise, during this difficult time. Without Mr. Bruffett's assistance, my outcome wouldn't have have been as favorable.

 Posted by: a client to Avvo

Would recommend to anyone

Seth Azria was recommended to me by a friend. I can't say enough about how well I was treated, his responsiveness, and how my case was handled. My first call to him was on 12/22/14 and we met the same day. My first and last date in court was 1/15/15. The outcome was better than I ever expected it could be and would recommend him to anyone.

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