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NYC Federal Robbery Attorney

In addition to handling New York State robbery charges, Mark I. Cohen is an experienced NYC federal robbery attorney who represents defendants charged with Hobbs Act robbery in the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

Generally, Hobbs Act robbery is a federal crime pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 1951. The Hobbs Act was named after Congressman Sam Hobbs when the law was enacted in 1946. In order for an Assistant United States Attorney to convict someone of Hobbs Act robbery, the prosecutor must prove, beyond a reasonable doubt that:

  • The defendant took property from the victim against his/her will;
  • That the defendant did so knowingly and willfully by force, the threatened use of force, or by extortion; and
  • That as a result of the defendant’s actions an item moving in interstate commerce (e.g. money or narcotics) was delayed, obstructed, or affected.

Pursuant to the United States Code, the penalties for Hobbs Act robbery can include a fine and/or imprisonment for up to twenty years for each robbery count, or conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery. Moreover, there are financial penalties associated with Hobbs Act convictions including the imposition of fines, orders of restitution payments to victims, and asset forfeiture of ill-gotten gains.

During his 28 years of federal criminal defense practice, Mr. Cohen has mastered the procedural and substantive law pertaining to Hobbs Act robbery and has also mastered the United States Sentencing Guidelines as they pertain to Hobbs Act robbery offenses.

Why Hire Mark I Cohen As Your NYC Federal Robbery Attorney?

By retaining Mark I. Cohen, a defendant maximizes the chances that:

  1. He/she will be released from custody on the lowest possible amount of bail or on his or her own recognizance;
  2. He or she may be able to prevail on a motion to dismiss the indictment (if the indictment is defective);
  3. He or she will be able to suppress any evidence illegally seized by investigators (if the evidence was obtained in violation of the defendant’s rights);
  4. He or she will be able to prevail at trial;
  5. He or she will be able to obtain the best plea bargain possible should there be compelling evidence of the defendant’s guilt; and
  6. He or she will be able to receive a non-prison sentence, or which results in the lowest amount of prison time possible.

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If you have been charged with Hobbs Act robbery, you should contact Mark I. Cohen, an experienced NYC federal robbery attorney, to maximize your chances of preserving your freedom, reputation, and assets.

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"... Mr. Cohen's effort... in everything he has done before the Court, is A-Plus... [R]ecently, in another case... [before me], the result he achieved for his client... was quite impressive." Honorable Kenneth M. Karas, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York.


"So I have very sophisticated counsel here and, Mr. Cohen, [your client] is very fortunate in having you as his attorney, and I hope he appreciates that." – Quote from the Honorable Denise L. Cote, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York, on May 9, 2014.


"As Mark Cohen, a defense lawyer who has tried cases throughout the city and was a prosecutor in the Bronx, pointed out, there is a saying among defense lawyers in New York." – As provided in the New York Times City Room Blog.

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