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Scott Bookstein

Criminal defense Attorney at Kew Gardens, NY

5.0   29 reviews
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1991
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About Scott

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  1. Criminal defense
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    I a former prosecutor who knows the terrain, knows the players, knows strategy and knows the law. I fight hard for every client, whether a first arrest, or those prosecutors label “career criminals.” I have won trials ranging from marijuana (kilos) to murder. Since you and your case are unique, you will get a personalized defense. Let me use over 25 years of aggressive and creative lawyering to protect your reputation and your freedom.

    34 years, 3,000 cases

Retain a former prosecutor who know the terrain, knows the players and knows the law. Providing top notch representation when not only your reputation, but freedom is at stake. 

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Scott Bookstein
125-10 Queens Blvd Ste 323
Kew Gardens, NY, 11415-1511

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Posted by anonymous | December 31, 2023
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Excellent
Great attorney knows exactly what he’s doing in the courtroom highly recommend
Posted by Kay B. | August 19, 2023
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Superb Lawyer
You can't go wrong with choosing Scott Bookstein. He's a very aggressive lawyer that gets the job done. He will fight hard and go above and beyond in advocating for you. A very experience lawyer that will explain every detail of the law and breakdown your case in a way you can understand. He was my son's second lawyer since we had to change lawyers. If it was not for Scott my son's case would have dragged on. The bottom line is he will go hard to represent you and get you favorable results.
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Posted by Chris from Port Washington, NY | October 19, 2021
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Best lawyer in NY
I had a felony charge back in 2013 and had another lawyer who said my only option was 5 years probation or jail time. I was lucky enough to find Mr. Bookstein who took my case and immediately I saw that it was the best decision ever. He was able to negotiate with the DA which extremely affected the outcome of my case. I was offered one year probation, which after successful completion, all charges were dropped to just a misdemeanor. He saved me by preventing my permanent record from being scarred with a felony charge. There was nothing special about me or my case, and he didn't know me at all. However, he treated me like a best friend, was always available to talk, and handled my case with great care and professionalism. It was an extremely favorable outcome and WAY BETTER than any other lawyer was able to offer, or accomplish. Bottom line, if you want an experienced lawyer that works hard to get you the best possible outcome, Scott Bookstein is the #1 choice.
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Posted by Nina | August 19, 2021
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Stop Worrying! Scott Will Handle It!
After retaining Scott Bookstein. He said to me "Dont Worry". His years of experience and knowledge of the law gave him the power to advocate and represent me well. Well enough to have my case dismissed and sealed. He kept me informed throughout the entire case. He was readily available to take calls and emails to address any concerns, and very professional when responding. I trusted Scott when he said "Dont Worry" and you should too. Scott means what he says and says what he mean. He genuinely cares about his clients.
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Posted by Robert | August 18, 2021
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DWI
Attorney Scott Bookstein just beat a DWI case for me. I can’t express how happy I am like hitting a jackpot! Scott very professional and answered all my questions. I highly recommend Scott.
Posted by A.S | August 8, 2021
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Best Criminal Attorney In New York State
Scott is a brilliant lawyer. I am so grateful for his passion, dedication, and professionalism. I've hired lawyers before, but truly he is the best I've ever worked with. If you have any criminal charges just do your self a huge favor and hire Scott immediately, don’t even hesitate for a minute. He will answer you day or night, on weekends literally anytime and will give you best legal advices. He got all my cases dismissed and sealed thank you Scott.
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Posted by Heidi | August 2, 2021
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Zealous Advocate
I was referred to Scott Bookstein by a friend. We consulted Scott as we were searching for an attorney for my brother who was facing some very serious charges and likely facing life in prison. From our very first conversation, throughout the entire case proceedings, and up through the very last update upon case closure, Scott was very transparent, honest, and thorough in all of his explanations. My family is in NY and I'm out of state in a different time zone, but I was the primary point of contact and would translate for my family. Despite the 3 hour time difference, I never once had any difficulty getting in contact with Scott. Scott's honesty and transparency is unmatched in any attorney we've ever hired. The number one thing we expected from the attorney is truthfulness in realistic outcomes. We knew the case was going to be extremely challenging and while we kept our expectations realistic, we more so wanted an attorney that would be a zealous advocate for my brother, someone who would in essence "hold his hand" and be there for him throughout the process. Scott went above and beyond and far exceeding anything we ever hoped for. Not only did my brother get extraordinary, outstanding results, Scott worked day and night to represent him and we owe him everything in how the case panned out. Without a doubt, I know who I will reach out to next if we need an attorney. Scott's dedication and passion to those who find themselves in the justice system, whether it would be due to mistakes they've made in life or unfortunate circumstances, shines through in every email and phone call. I will always recommend Scott Bookstein to advocate for anyone seeking legal representation. Thank you Scott for everything you've done for our family.
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Posted by Frances | July 18, 2021
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Best lawyer in New York city
I would highly recommend Scott, on a scale 1-10 I give him 100 Mr Bookstein took on my son’s case and truly gave the best of him. His very Honest and sincere and cares not only about his clients, but there loves ones is very rare that you see such a smart lawyer with those trades thanks god for a person like this every client deserves a lawyer to represent them like this, thank you are one of a kind rare Gem, may god bless you and give you all the knowledge and ability to do what you do, always kept us updated, by emailing, texting and phones calls. He was always straight forward with us? No beating around the the bush.we never had to guess what’s going on. As a mother I am concerned about my child, Mr Bookstein gave his best work ethics in my son case, I never had to worry he was always on point. Here in New York it’s hard to find a good lawyer with those qualities and intelligent like him. so if you are in a need of a excellent lawyer just look for Scott Bookstein and I’m sure you will be writing a nice review just the way I’m writing this one about the best lawyer in New York Scott Bookstein. Again my family and I highly recommend his services 100%. Thank you Mr Bookstein for everything and god bless you always.
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Posted by Magda | June 14, 2021
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Best defense attorney in New York
Scott Bookstein is the best he really cares about his clients' and their familes I trust him 100% with mine and my children lives I would have given him 100 stars if I could definitely recommend him
Posted by Boss | August 9, 2020
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D. Boss
An outstanding lawyer, made me feel he was definitly the right choice. His experience and intelligente made the difference. I will definitly recommend him. Thank you Mr Bookstein, thanks to you my case was a success.
Posted by Navin P | July 29, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
Excellent defense lawyer
Scott was professional while providing clear advice. He was as an excellent advocate and delivered a great result. He provided peace of mind through the entire process. I recommend him highly.
Posted by James | February 18, 2020
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Best defense lawyer in New York!
I happened to hire Mr. Scott Bookstein for my wife’s legal defense at a crucial time when other previous two lawyers we hired poorly defended her. Mr. Scott Bookstein took over the case and beat the case at his first representation! Mr. Bookstein is skilled and very experienced in building a legal defense. The most important part is that Mr. Bookstein took our case personally and went out of his ways to challenge every aspect of accusation about the case and protected us. I wish there are many good defense lawyers like Mr. Scott Bookstein! Highly recommended!
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Posted by anonymous | June 2, 2017
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Knowledgeable and Skilled Defense Counselor
Scott is a very knowledgeable and skilled criminal defense atty. I had been charged with a misdemeanor for being attacked while the perp lied to the police and filed a false report. I could not believe it. I was in touch with another lawyer who thought he could negotiate it down; however, a dismissal was not likely. I talked to Scott over the phone and he asked me to come in for a consultation. Scott did not charge me for a consultation, but instead offered to represent me for a flat fee which was quite reasonable. This alleviated the blind-eye aspect of an ever increasing legal bill should this turn protracted in some way. Scott was confident that he could help me. He had extensive experience in the Bronx DA's office including as a Supervisor and was quite experienced with the Queens DA office. Throughout the whole process, Scott told me what to expect and defended me in Court. Essentially guiding me through this ordeal. In the end, Scott was able to have the charges dismissed. If you want a lawyer who will defend you and "go to bat" for you, then I wholeheartedly recommend Scott Bookstein as your lawyer.
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Posted by David | May 31, 2017
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Magnificent Defense Attorney
I am extremely pleased in Scott Bookstein representation. He was highly recommended by a friend of mine nine months ago. I was arrested and charged with two felony's and other charges added on at arraignment facing extensive amount of prison time but Scott Bookstein fought long and hard and investigated my matter on his own time. He always returned all my phone calls and emails taking the time out to answer any questions and explaining my situation. I am very happy with the out come. He has given me light at the end of the tunnel If you need a great lawyer he is the one.
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Posted by anonymous | March 26, 2016
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Excellent choice!
A few months ago I called Mr. Bookstein over the phone about my case. I had called 15+ top Avvo attorneys that weekend. Most of them wouldn't discuss my case unless I went to meet with them and paid a consultation fee. That weekend, Mr. Bookstein and I spoke twice, he spent a considerable amount of time with me over the phone reassuring me that my case was not that bad and that I would be ok. My case wasn't that bad, however anytime you're arrested or charged with something you think and feel like it's the end of the world!!! That's when you want to make sure you have a competent lawyer and someone who listens and cares about your case. You don't want to feel like your a number and you want to trust the person who will be representing you. I have no doubt Scott Bookstein is that type of attorney. Everything he told me would happen, happened exactly the way he said it would. He was right about my case, the probability of a positive outcome and what I needed to do and what to avoid. I did not hire Mr. Bookstein simply because of location, he was in Queens, I live in Manhattan. I wanted an attorney close to where I live. I write this review because I think he deserves the recognition for his knowledge and for his kindness and professionalism. I interviewed a lot of lawyers, did a lot of research and I truly believe Mr. Bookstein would have been a great choice and is a very good choice for anyone who needs an attorney. Call him! You will know immediately what I mean. Thank you Scott! Thank you for being so kind and so accurate about things at a time when I was so scared and felt like I was drowning!
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Posted by Michael | May 9, 2015
You can count on Scott Bookstein
In an era of high volume, impersonal service, Scott Bookstein stands out as top notch in every way. I was negotiating a complex matter involving multiple legal representatives, experts and different jurisdictions over several years, in areas I had no prior knowledge of or experience in. Scott gave me confidence throughout the legal process, secured good outcomes, and remains a trusted advisor. He is a caring and trustworthy professional.
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Posted by anonymous | May 9, 2015
Bright light in the darkness of the Queens Court System
Scott has built a reputation in the court system that provides us with a calming sane approach to an over zealous and immature police force who overstep boundaries and treat everyone they meet as if they are a Felon. Scott was able to bring sense to the situation and calm to the situation and give us a determination that reduced and will eventually remove this horrific experience from our lives. We were very blest the day we put our lives in his capable hands. He's very straight forward and easy to work with. We highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | May 4, 2015
Excellent Attorney
Scott is a competent and responsible attorney who actually cares about his clients. In and out of the court room, his charisma and diligence gets the job gets done. For me, Scott went above and beyond to make sure I had the best possible outcome for my case. He follows up, does what he says he will, and doesn't promise what he cant deliver. Highly recommended.
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Posted by lou | April 30, 2015
Grateful….
I'm very blessed to have had mr. bookstein assist me at a time when i was behaving in an immature and detrimental way, not only did he give me excellent legal advise, which ultimately led to a dismissal...he counseled me personally similar to a mentor he was sincere and non judgmental i felt like i was in excellent care he knew the judges and district attorneys and i feel that was a huge benefit to me he's definitely experienced and has very good relationships with people in power… lou
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Posted by anonymous | April 30, 2015
Defense lawyer for respectable people accused of criminal acts.
Scott Bookstein was referred to our family years ago by a leading Manhattan law firm to handle a case involving a shotgun permit at JFK airport. He handled that case with great diligence and humor, earning our respect and affection. After a successful outcome, we recommended Scott to defend the child of some friends against a serious criminal charge in Queens and then to defend people we knew in another two criminal cases, one in Manhattan and one in Long Island. These cases were all managed successfully and with a due regard for budget. I was never aware of Scott stringing out the proceedings to run up bills; he reached good settlements behind the scenes rather than fighting it out in the courts. Scott has also been helpful in advising our family on sensitive matters involving questionable friends of our teenage daughter. My husband and I recommend him and respect his integrity and abilities as a lawyer.
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AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Law Office of Scott Bookstein
  • 1999 - Present
  • Supervising Assistant District Attorney
  • Bronx District Attorney's Office
  • 1990 - 1999

Education

  • Brooklyn Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • American University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1987

Associations

  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
  • Attorney Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Associate Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Queens County Bar Association
  • Associate Member
  • 1998 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014

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Given (9)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott is a professional and an excellent attorney. I would not hesitate to recommend his services to a client."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Bookstein is a top notch criminal defense lawyer who regularly achieves excellent results for his clients. He cares deeply about his clients and his efforts to defend them always exceed what one would typically expect from a lawyer. Any defendant represented by Mr. Bookstein can rest assured that he/she is in good hands."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Scott Bookstein is a very knowledgeable criminal defense attorney. I had the opportunity to work with him on a case and it was a privilege. I was impressed by his professionalism and knowledge of the law. It is no surprise as he was a former Supervisor of Assistant District Attorneys."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I heartily endorse this lawyer. He is hard-working, creative and totally dedicated to his clients"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Scott is an excellent lawyer who I would recommend without hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I practice law outside the criminal area, but when I'm asked to recommend someone, Scott is my go-to guy. He has good judgment and is completely and utterly reliable. Highly recommended."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Bookstein is an excellent and thorough attorney. I have seen him zealously advocate for his clients. I would trust him with any felony charge."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Scott is an excellent attorney and I frequently confer with him anytime I have a criminal matter in Queens. He worked for many years in the elite Major Case Unit for the Bronx District Attorney's Office were I personally saw him try many violent crime cases successfully."
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