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Criminal Defense

New York City Criminal Defense Attorneys Aggressively Fight for You

More than 45 years of combined experience defending New Yorkers

If you or someone you love is arrested for any type of crime, seek help from a skilled criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Depending on your situation, you could be facing jail time, fines and a criminal record. When you retain our services at Bernfeld, DeMatteo & Bernfeld, LLP, you gain the knowledge, support and guidance of two courtroom veterans who will aggressively defend your rights and your freedom.

Criminal law

Our law firm represents clients at all stages of the criminal justice process, from arrest to trial. We recognize that being detained, arrested and brought into custody by law enforcement can be a traumatic and intimidating experience. But remember that you have certain rights, like the right to remain silent and the right to counsel. The moment you seek help from our criminal defense attorneys, we rush to your side and determine the best strategy, given your unique predicament.

Healthcare crimes

Healthcare crimes may be prosecuted on the state or federal level depending on the charges against you. One of the most common healthcare crimes occurring today is fraud, including the falsification of reimbursement claims, fraudulent billing practices and deceptive healthcare equipment sales.

White collar crimes

White collar crimes typically occur in the business sector and involve deceit or fraud to acquire assets or property. Examples of white collar crimes include:

  • Embezzlement
  • Bribery
  • Extortion
  • Securities fraud
  • Mail fraud
  • Healthcare and Medicaid fraud

Many white collar crimes are prosecuted at the federal level, often resulting in harsher penalties than those imposed at the state level.

Federal crimes

If you violate federal law, engage in criminal activity across state lines, use the U.S. postal service in any capacity to commit a crime or perform certain crimes against children, you may be charged with a federal offense. Federal crimes can range from drug trafficking and kidnapping to healthcare fraud. If convicted of a federal offense, you could face a lengthy sentence in a federal prison.

State crimes: felonies and misdemeanors

There are two types of state crimes: misdemeanors and felonies. Misdemeanors are lesser offenses punishable by up to no more than a year in county jail. Examples of misdemeanors in NY include disorderly conduct, first-time driving while intoxicated (DWI), simple assault and drug possession. Felony crimes are more serious offenses punishable by more than a year in state prison and include robbery, murder, drug distribution and rape.

Drug crimes

Even today, the laws regarding the possession, manufacture and distribution of drugs in New York are strict. In general, the penalties you face for a drug crime in NYC depend on the type of substance, the amount of the substance and the type of crime — selling, possessing, trafficking etc. For example, while possession of a small amount of marijuana (25 grams or less for personal use) is punishable by a $100 fine, selling half an ounce or less of cocaine is a Class B felony punishable by one to nine years in prison.


If you are arrested for a DWI in NYC, we at Bernfeld, DeMatteo & Bernfeld, LLP want to help you fight the charges. We know that a DWI charge can affect your personal and professional life. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you could be facing a license suspension, jail time and fines.

Criminal investigations

Individuals charged with a federal crime, fraud crime or other type of white collar offense are usually investigated by federal law enforcement for weeks, months or even longer before an arrest is made. If you suspect that you are the subject or target of a federal law enforcement investigation or an investigation by a grand jury, contact a lawyer immediately. We can rush to your side and protect your rights.

Highly qualified defense attorneys ready to take your case

We at Bernfeld, DeMatteo & Bernfeld, LLP represent NYC clients facing criminal prosecution with the highest level of legal competence. If you are arrested for any type of offense, contact us today by phone at 646-880-4689 or online to schedule a free initial consultation. Our office is located near Grand Central Station, and we have flexible hours of operation.