A Top Rated Criminal Justice Attorney in Washington, DC

An Aggressive DC DUI Defense Lawyer Ready To Fight For Your Rights

  • Client Focused Law Firm Specializing in Drunk Driving Defense
  • Skilled Legal Services With 25 Years Of Experience
  • Voted Top 100 Trial Attorney By The National Trial Lawyers
  • Highest Rated Criminal Defense Lawyer With A Perfect 10 Rating on AVVO
  • Local Driving Under The Influence Lawyer In The District Of Columbia
  • We Also Handle Civil Litigation, CPO's and Sexual Assault Cases In DC
  • Call Today and Schedule Your Free DWI Consultation

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Bruckheim & Patel is a client focused and results driven litigation law firm with locations in the District of Columbia and Maryland. We are ready to defend your constitutional rights.  As aggressive Maryland and D.C. DUI lawyers and criminal defense attorneys, we know that criminal charges are a threat to your future. The stakes are very high. You could face harsh fines and penalties, imprisonment, and a permanent conviction record. Bruckheim & Patel will do everything possible to protect your interest and obtain the most favorable result in your case.  As a premiere litigation firm, Bruckheim & Patel is committed to safeguarding your future.

Practice Area

Bruckheim & Patel practice Criminal Defense in the Washington, DC area.

The firm takes an aggressive and effective approach to every case. Each case is closely examined and an individual defense strategy is tailored to obtain the best result for our clients. When the government refuses to offer a fair resolution, Bruckheim & Patel is prepared for trial. Rest assured that our extensive trial experience will put you in the best position possible for a favorable outcome at trial.

Bruckheim & Patel has over 25 years of combined experience in criminal defense and litigation. Our attorneys have handled thousands of cases ranging in severity from reckless driving and traffic infractions to drug trafficking, sexual assault, and attempted murder. The firm in D.C. is devoted to defending the rights of the accused with a record of success in defending clients against serious accusations and offenses in multiple practice areas. Bruckheim & Patel makes it a priority to keep you informed about your case, help you understand the complex criminal process, and advise you on all your options so you can make an informed decision about your future.

Experience, attention to detail, and aggressiveness can mean the difference between success and failure. Bruckheim & Patel is ready to advocate for you during your DUI case.

Bruckheim & Patel treats each case with care, and will provide you with the highest level of quality representation in court. We cover a wide range of criminal cases Read More

Michael Bruckheim spent nearly 6 years defending the District of Columbia in civil litigation matters.  Whether you are filing a lawsuit or defending one, we can help you. Read More

A qualified, experienced mediator plays a central role in resolving conflicts. We will thoroughly evaluate your case and help bring the parties to the table to navigate towards a successful outcome Read More

Top DUI Lawyers in Washington DC and Maryland

If you need a Washington DC DUI defense attorney, Bruckheim & Patel  is ready to advocate for you. Bruckheim & Patel  promises trust, commitment, and integrity to all of our clients. Our skilled litigators bring a unique perspective to each case. Experience, attention to detail, and aggressiveness can mean the difference between success and failure.

Experience and Compassion

Bruckheim & Patel understands that your legal problem may be the most pressing matter in your life. They are often expensive, disruptive, and life-changing. Bruckheim & Patel is here to see you through these difficult times. As a boutique litigation practice, the firm provides personal attention and care. As an experienced District of Columbia law firm, Bruckheim & Patel will provide the highest quality legal representation for you.

Our Partners

Michael Bruckheim has specialized experience and training in Washington DC DUI defense. Mr. Bruckheim not only is trained to administer field sobriety tests according to NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) standards, but he is also trained as a NHTSA Field Sobriety Test Instructor. As a result, DUI attorney Michael Bruckheim is typically better trained than most officers who testify in DWI and DUI cases.  Mr. Bruckheim is the only licensed attorney in the District of Columbia to have completed an intensive training course in Forensic Chromatography, which is the process used to analyze blood and urine samples in DWI/DUI cases.  As a former supervisor of DWI/DUI prosecutions in the District of Columbia, Mr. Bruckheim has valuable insight as to the thought processes behind DWI/DUI prosecutions. More importantly, Mr. Bruckheim knows how to find weaknesses in the prosecution’s case. Due to his training and experience as a DC Attorney, Mr. Bruckheim clearly understands the consequences a person will face if convicted, and can help his clients achieve the best possible results.

Attorney, Sweta Patel, has defended DUI DWI cases in the District of Columbia and the State of Florida. She brings a unique perspective and knowledge that comes with having practiced in multiple jurisdictions. From 2011-2013, Ms. Patel received a verdict of not guilty in every DUI case that she took to trial. She won four back to back DUI jury trials. From 2014 to present, Ms. Patel has been able to obtain a not guilty verdict at trial or has been able to obtain a diversion dismissal of the case in over 90 percent of the cases she has represented individuals charged with DUIs. Most recently, her passion for protecting her clients’ rights has gotten the attention of the D.C. community. She received the AVVO client’s choice award in 2014/2015 for DUI defense. With her extensive experience in defending against DUI cases, Ms. Patel is dedicated to ensuring her clients get the most favorable result.

There are many avenues to successfully challenging a driving while intoxicated charge. With a criminal record and driving privileges at stake due to your arrest, it is essential that your attorney explore every possible angle to fight your DWI/DUI. Bruckheim & Patel knows all the angles…and can put their experience to work for you. For a Washington DC DWI criminal defense attorney in Potomac, Rockville, Bethesda, Germantown, Damascus and Gaithersburg, and MD areas, trust the experience at Bruckheim & Patel.

Understanding Changes to DC DUI Laws: What You Need to Know

Mr. Bruckheim’s latest book provides an expanded review of the entire judicial process of a DUI case. Included in this new edition of Facing a DUI in DC is information regarding traffic stops and breath testing, questions answered on arrests under the influence of drugs, license suspension, injury caused by a driver in a motor vehicle, BAC,  plus updated citations to all the relevant laws.


If you are facing a charge of DUI in Washington, D.C. or Maryland, contact Bruckheim & Patel for a FREE, confidential free consultation.


Focused on Criminal Defense
in Washington, DC


Michael Bruckheim


Former District of Columbia Prosecutor with 11 years experience at the Office of the Attorney General and more training in DC DUI defense than any other practicing lawyer in the District of Columbia.


Sweta Patel


Top 100 Trial Lawyers and Top 40 Under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers with a perfect 10 in Avvo. She has handled over 5,000 cases from arraignment to appeal and is ready to help you.

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