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State Crimes, Felonies & Misdemeanors

New York City Lawyers Handle State Crimes, Felonies & Misdemeanors

Legal team with extensive trial experience helps you build a solid defense strategy

In criminal cases, the prosecution must prove that you are guilty of the crime for which you were arrested. With a skilled NYC criminal defense attorney at your side, your chances of successfully beating felony or misdemeanor charges are dramatically enhanced. Aggressive and experienced, we at Bernfeld, DeMatteo & Bernfeld, LLP know what it takes to win even the toughest criminal cases. We are prepared to exhaust every option and to consider creative solutions to protect your reputation and freedom.

Assault and domestic violence

Both assault and domestic violence crimes may be prosecuted as misdemeanors or more serious felonies. Generally, the determination is based on the severity of the injuries sustained by the victim. For example, if the prosecution alleges you committed assault in the third degree, you face Class A misdemeanor charges. Assault in the first degree, however, involves much more serious injury to the victim and is prosecuted as a Class B felony.

In New York State, the term “domestic violence” encompasses many different crimes, including assault, stalking, sexual assault, harassment and murder, that occur between people who share an intimate relationship, reside together or have a blood relationship. The penalties you face for domestic violence vary greatly based on the charges against you. If you are accused of domestic violence, seek help from a criminal defense lawyer who has an in-depth understanding of the criminal justice process.

Types Of Misdemeanors & Felonies

Following are examples of other types of felony and misdemeanors offenses:


  • Check fraud
  • Contempt of court
  • Forgery
  • Stalking


  • First-degree robbery
  • Felony DWI
  • Unlawfully concealing a will
  • Second-degree criminal mischief

Immediately after being arrested for an offense, you should speak to a defense lawyer. Depending on the charges, you could face time in a state or federal prison. Certain offenses, such as white collar crimes and drug trafficking, are punishable as state or federal offenses. Federal crimes are prosecuted by the federal government and are penalized harshly.

Organized crime

Our NYC defense firm also has experience representing clients in the construction trade who are being investigated and individuals accused of crimes like enterprise corruption and labor racketeering. Attorney Jeffrey Bernfeld, a former high-ranking prosecutor, has tried more than 30 cases before a jury. Our committed legal team can provide you with prompt and personalized defense guidance no matter how severe the charges against you.

Seasoned defense lawyers fight for your rights

At Bernfeld, DeMatteo & Bernfeld, LLP, we understand the seriousness of your situation. To speak with a lawyer for free about your case, call us at 646-880-4689 or contact us online.