New York City Criminal Defense Attorney
Law Office of Mark A. Bederow, P.C.
Mark Bederow is a New York criminal defense attorney and former Manhattan
prosecutor with more than 15 years of experience. He is known as a zealous
and strategic advocate who works tirelessly to achieve favorable outcomes
for his clients, whether that includes skillful negotiation or vigorously
defending a client's rights at trial. He practices in federal and
state courts throughout New York City (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the
Bronx, and Staten Island) and the surrounding area, including Nassau,
Westchester, Orange, Rockland, and Dutchess Counties. The Law Office of
Mark A. Bederow, P.C. provides quality legal representation which is uniquely
tailored to the circumstances and goals of each individual client. When
your future or freedom hangs in the balance, Mr. Bederow can provide the
counsel needed to tip the scales of justice in your favor.
Track Record of Success
Mr. Bederow is a nationally recognized criminal defense attorney with a
well-earned reputation as an intelligent, formidable advocate who provides
top-notch legal representation in connection with serious, complex, and
high-stakes criminal litigation. He has earned the respect of his colleagues
and prosecutors for his professionalism, legal acumen, sound judgment,
thorough investigative skills, and highly successful trial advocacy skills.
In addition to frequently handling high-profile and sensitive matters,
Mr. Bederow is often called upon by New York and national media outlets
to provide legal analysis and commentary on other criminal cases of public interest.
As a comprehensive criminal defense firm, the Law Office of Mark A. Bederow,
P.C. has successfully represented individuals and business entities confronted
with a variety of topics which are the subject of a criminal investigation
or prosecution. Mr. Bederow is experienced in defense of all traditional
street crime (i.e., assault, domestic violence, sexual offenses, weapons
offenses, and homicide) and white collar crime (i.e., fraud, larceny,
identity theft, and bid rigging). Mr. Bederow communicates with clients
regularly and encourages clients to be involved in all aspects of the
representation in order to define and attain each client's goals.
Examples of Mr. Bederow's recent representations include:
- Former New York City fireman was charged with 49 counts of rape and felony
sexual abuse. Mr. Bederow successfully resolved the case with a plea to
one count of harassment, a non-jail sentence, and without requiring the
client to register as a sex offender.
- An individual was charged in a complex, multi-defendant $4 million federal
mortgage fraud case. Although federal sentencing guidelines called for
lengthy imprisonment, Mr. Bederow successfully argued for a beneath-guidelines
sentence of probation.
Successfully arranged for the dismissal of all robbery charges for an innocent
client facing a life sentence. After being
wrongfully incarcerated for one year, the client successfully sued New York City for $150,000.
- A NYPD captain was charged with assault, but after our submission of lengthy
motions to dismiss the case, all charges were dismissed and sealed by
- An individual faced more than a decade in prison due to a felony burglary,
robbery, and assault indictment, but with successful negotiation, he obtained
a dismissal of all felony charges which resulted in a non-jail plea to trespass.
- A New York City teacher was falsely arrested for domestic violence. After
conducting a successful investigation and presenting results to the prosecutor,
all charges were dismissed.
Facing Weapons Charges in NYC?
Mr. Bederow is the leading New York criminal defense attorney for law-abiding
people who accidentally find themselves ensnared in the clutches of New
York's gun possession law, which is among the most severe in the United
States. With few exceptions, conviction of possessing a loaded firearm
in New York mandates a prison sentence of 3 1/2 years. Mr. Bederow has
successfully represented numerous clients who have faced this terrifying
predicament. With his vast experience and legal advice, Mr. Bederow has
secured acquittals after jury trial, dismissals resulting from a grand
jury refusing to indict, and negotiated dismissals with prosecutors. In
many other circumstances, clients have successfully avoided criminal records
Some of his successes in this field include:
In a case which made national news, Mr. Bederow represented a Florida landscaper
who faced 3 ½ years in prison for accidentally bringing a loaded
firearm into New York.
A Manhattan jury acquitted his client in less than thirty minutes.
- A Florida musician faced 3 ½ years in state prison for accidentally
bringing a loaded firearm into New York. The client testified before a
Queens grand jury, which dismissed the charges.
- A Montana businessman checked a loaded firearm at La Guardia Airport, and
Mr. Bederow presented the Queens District Attorney with mitigating circumstances
which led to the eventual dismissal and sealing of all charges.
- An Iowa resident checked a firearm at La Guardia Airport, and Mr. Bederow
presented the Queens District Attorney with mitigating circumstances which
led to the eventual dismissal and sealing of all charges.
- A New York cab driver was indicted for possession of a firearm left in
his vehicle but after negotiation, the Brooklyn District Attorney dismissed
- A California man checked a firearm at La Guardia Airport and the case resulted
in a non-criminal, no jail outcome.
- A Louisiana resident checked a firearm at La Guardia Airport and the case
resulted in a non-criminal, no jail outcome.
In a case which made national news, Mr. Bederow represented a former Marine
who brought a loaded .45 to the Empire State Building. The client
avoided felony charges and received a non-jail disposition.
An advertising executive was charged with possession of a switchblade knife.
After filing a lengthy motion to dismiss in the interest of justice, the
Brooklyn District Attorney dismissed the case.
Assault and Self-Defense
Mr. Bederow has successfully defended several clients against assault charges.
On many occasions, he successfully advanced the often-misunderstood and
complicated defense of justification (self-defense). His experience, adept
analytical skills, and understanding of the nuances of self-defense law
have resulted in acquittals after trial, dismissal of serious felony charges
before the grand jury, and dismissal of cases by prosecutors after presenting
them with credible facts supporting a complete defense.
Examples of Mr. Bederow's representations in this field include:
- Gained acquittal after trial for a financial executive charged with fracturing
the eye socket of a bouncer at a Manhattan nightclub.
Obtained a trial acquittal in less than 15 minutes for an opera singer accused of slapping a doctor after a dispute at a
Manhattan Trader Joe's store.
The grand jury dismissed all charges against a client who testified before
a Manhattan jury after being charged with 1
st Degree assault for defending himself against his assailant with a box cutter.
One of the most significant trends in criminal law has been the realization
that many convicted people are actually innocent or were wrongfully convicted.
This area of the law has gained prominence in large part because of an
ongoing crisis in Brooklyn which has seen many innocent persons released
from prison after years because of wrongful convictions. Prosecutors'
offices have become more sensitive to this fact and have formed mechanisms
to review genuine claims of innocence or constitutionally unfair convictions.
The Law Office of Mark A. Bederow, P.C. represents clients seeking to
overturn criminal convictions through post-conviction litigation or by
petitioning prosecutors' conviction integrity / review units. Having
experienced, intelligent, and thorough counsel who is experienced in investigation
is critical. Mr. Bederow works with experienced and talented investigators
who were former NYPD homicide detectives or FBI agents while re-investigating
wrongful conviction claims.
Examples of Mr. Bederow's representations in this field include:
Representation of John Giuca, who in 2005 was wrongfully convicted in the
"Grid Kid" murder case, one of the most-high profile New York
City murder prosecutions from in the past several decades.
A review of his conviction is currently pending with the Brooklyn District
Representation of Ronald Bozeman, who was wrongfully arrested and incarcerated
for one year. After being retained, Mr. Bederow conducted a complete investigation
which demonstrated his innocence and
he was released from custody and all charges dismissed. Our re-investigation of Mr. Bozeman's case was the lead story in a 2013
Village Voice expose about serious misconduct in the Brooklyn District Attorney's
Office, and served as a major issue in the 2013 race for Brooklyn District Attorney.
- We are presently re-investigating a wrongful conviction of a client convicted
of murder in Brooklyn.
If you are facing any time of criminal charge,
contact the Law Office of Mark A. Bederow, P.C. at (212) 256-9491 today!