Nothing Is More Important Than Your Freedom

There are few things in life more nerve-wracking than being arrested and charged with a crime. We understand, and we’re here to help by defending you against a broad range of alleged criminal conduct, from violent crimes to white collar allegations to misdemeanors.

Our defense consists of zealous representation from arraignment through all pre-trial practice and hearings and through, if necessary, trial. We work diligently to assess and investigate the facts of the prosecution’s case and attempt to resolve the matter to your satisfaction before the case goes to trial. If we are unable to do so, we provide you with an experienced and aggressive courtroom defense, utilizing the array of litigation and persuasive techniques at our disposal.

At Bergstein Flynn Knowlton & Pollina PLLC we represent clients in the criminal matters listed below.

White Collar Defense

Proper defense against a white collar criminal prosecution or regulatory proceeding calls for expertise in the numerous strategies and techniques employed by law enforcement while investigating crimes of this nature. We have an intimate understanding of the white collar investigative process that uniquely positions us to represent you or your organization in a number of matters, including:

  • Market manipulation and insider trading
  • SEC enforcement actions
  • Insurance fraud
  • Violations of the General Business Law
  • Tax fraud
  • False filings
  • Internal audits and investigations

Our representation promises to aggressively pursue a favorable pre-trial resolution and to zealously defend your interests in a court of law if a trial becomes necessary. We are also prepared to guide you or your organization through parallel proceedings (whether they are of a regulatory or civil nature) and the unique issues they present.


As New Yorkers, a lot of us have had a friend, colleague, or family member who has been accused of Driving While Under the Influence of Alcohol (DWI). At Bergstein Flynn Knowlton & Pollina PLLC, we are familiar with the processes and procedures by which New York City and Long Island police officers undertake when arresting an individual for DWI. We will mount every available legal challenge to these processes and procedures and seek to negotiate the best disposition for your matter. If that fails, we will fight for you in the courtroom. In addition, we have experience in navigating the administrative hurdles you may face in maintaining your driving rights and privileges.

Drug Offenses

In New York, being charged with a drug offense can change your life. You could be forced to pay huge fines, spend extended time in prison, and be left with a criminal record that limits your future prospects. We have years of experience in defending clients charged with minor to serious drug crimes, such as:

  • Possession and/or sale of a controlled substance such as marijuana, cocaine, LSD, crack, and ecstasy;
  • Manufacturing and sale of controlled substances

If you are facing drug charges, contact Bergstein Flynn Knowlton & Pollina PLLC immediately. We will defend your rights in and out of court. Our first strategy will be to get the charges dropped or dismissed. If that is not possible, we will strive for a favorable plea bargain, which may include outpatient treatment. Let our attorneys give you the representation you need to protect your rights and get the best results in your case.


Misdemeanors, which include offenses like shoplifting, some drug crimes, and assault, are considered ‘minor’ because they are punishable by fines and/or less than a year in jail. Having a conviction on your record will, however, limit your job options and ability to qualify for certain professional licensing. Let us represent you and limit the risk of a single accusation or mistake impacting your future.

Violent Crime

We have extensive experience in defending a broad range of violent crimes, including:

  • Sexual assault
  • Arson
  • Domestic violence
  • Felony Assault
  • Felony DWI
  • Vehicular crimes such as Grand Theft and Reckless Driving

Many of these charges carry mandatory prison sentences with no possibility of parole until a certain amount of time has been served. Because we understand what’s at stake, our attorneys will protect your interests by challenging the evidence and, if the charges cannot be dropped, fighting for you at trial. We will settle for nothing less than the best results under the circumstances of your particular case.

Conditional Sealing

The existence of a criminal record can prevent you from seeking employment in certain fields, being accepted by certain schools and programs, and even traveling to other countries. Let us help you seal your record so that past mistakes do not prevent you from moving towards a better future. Additional information about the New York City conditional sealing procedure is available.

Construct a Defense with a New York City Criminal Attorney

If you have been accused of a crime, don’t be intimidated into accepting an unfair deal. Nothing is more important than your freedom, so contact us for a free consultation. A New York City criminal defense lawyer is ready and waiting to fight for your rights.