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Criminal Lawyer Westchester results  Results lawHave a look at some of these amazing results achieved by Richard A. Portale – Westchester and New York City Criminal Attorney. This is an ongoing blog, so please revisit frequently to catch our updates. Results shown here are only examples of some of Mr. Portale’s results.  As every case is different, you can not be guaranteed the same results in your case. However as a New York Criminal Lawyer, Mr. Portale gets the job done in top fashion, having won every single case but five in the last 15 years (And he tries a lot of cases!). We hope you enjoy reading our results.


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Westchester Criminal Attorney, Richard A. Portale successfully defended a New York City man accused in the burglary of six Westchester homes. Our client had signed a 2-page hand-written confession, but only after enduring hours of questioning and after the police made improper false promises. The jury acquitted the defendant in two hours.  Mr. Portale has defended several cases where clients have given police induced, involuntary confessions.  In a recent Westchester County homicide , Mr. Portale suppressed a six (6) hour long videotaped confession that was proven to be the product of custody and interrogation and involuntarily given. The client in that homicide had asked for her lawyer and she was later acquitted of manslaughter.

New Rochelle Police try to pin Assault/Reckless Endangerment Charges on Innocent Man. 
A well-known New Rochelle man faced trumped up charges of Reckless Endangerment in First Degree, DWI and Assault on Police Officer after a high speed car chase. The New Rochelle Officer testified, among other things, that our client drove through Memorial Circle in New Rochelle in a Ford Expedition traveling at 40 mph. Our Attorneys and an independent investigator, Michael Lyons (Now You See It – Investigations) used areal photographs to establish that the area was actually heavily wooded and therefore this claim was not credible. The Jury saw through the façade and the man was acquitted of all felonies.

Putnam County teen FALSELY accused of forcible Rape, successfully defended by NY criminal attorney, Richard Portale.  This young man lived with mom and was a conscientious student. But the two of them were still struggling with the death of their father/husband who had passed just a year earlier. This false allegation and investigation of forcible Rape could not have come at a worse time for this family. Our Attorneys got involved with this tragic case at an early stage and not only convinced the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office that this evil young lady was lying, but worked tirelessly to have her arrested on charges of Offering a False Instrument for Filing and Perjury. Adam levy, a breath of fresh air as newly elected Putnam County District Attorney, required the troubled girl to pay back the family for the money they spent on Attorney’s and Investigator’s fees.

The Putnam County District Attorney’s Office – under the former Administration – refused to consider this young man’s justification plea and he was forced to stand trial and therefore faced 25 years in state prison. Criminal Lawyer Westchester’s client, was charged with attempted murder in a gun/knife fight. He had used and imitation starter pistol to scare off 2 grown men following a road rage incident. The 2 men attacked, 1 man held him while the other beat him with the boy’s own gun – causing a gash on his head requiring 14 staples to close. Fearing for his life, the teen pulled out a knife and stabbed 1 man who nearly died. The teen was acquitted of all felonies by a jury of his peers.

A young school teacher was charged with driving while intoxicated after hours.  Although she submitted to DWI testing, all charges were dismissed as the accusatory instruments were exposed as being fatally defective, by Richard A. Portale, EQS NYC DUI Attorney.


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Story: An expecting young woman was charged with Grand Larceny. She had made many mistakes in her life, but was ready to make a change in her life, not only for herself but, more importantly for the sake of her child. She had a prior felony and when she approached me to help her.

Charged with: Grand Larceny

If convicted: The DA was offering 2-6 years in State Prison.

Result: For 3 years, NY Criminal Attorney, Richard A. Portale battled the powers that be, until finally we achieved a dismissal of all criminal charges.

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Westchester Taxi Driver FALSELY Accused of Molesting Girl in Back of Cab.
A White Plains taxi driver was the victim of false allegations that he raped a New Rochelle woman in a church parking lot – when the woman couldn’t pay her fare. The man was accused of getting into backseat, locking all doors and attacking the woman. The man lost his job and his wife as a result but Our Westchester criminal Attorneys argued that the statement didn’t hold water because all the car’s doors couldn’t be locked from the backseat. All charges were dismissed and the man is back on his feet, back to work and remarried.

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A New York City working man and his fiancé were accompanied home by a third female – this dream turned into a nightmare when young woman later accused the client of forcible rape. Our Attorneys’ working knowledge of forensic DNA testing and procedures allowed the victim of this spurious allegation to maintain his innocence and preserve his integrity and reputation. All charges dismissed.

This donnybrook got very hot very fast, and an off-duty NYPD Officer and another man suffered injuries. Our client was charged with two (2) counts of Felony Assault.

Westchester Criminal Attorney, Richard A. Portale somehow managed to pull a rabbit out of his hat, and all criminal charges were dismissed.

Westchester Criminal Attorney, Richard A. Portale was taking a verdict in a Driving While Intoxicated trial (that resulted in an acquittal), when he noticed a United States Marine in full fatigues sitting in the Courtroom. Mr. Portale engaged the veteran to try to figure out why he was facing an imminent trial for Assault. It was revealed that the Veteran was charged with Assault for a bar fight that he won, where the whole incident was caught on camera.

After learning that this hero had served three (3) combat tours in Afghanistan, Mr. Portale took over as attorney and within two (2) weeks, all criminal charges were dismissed

If the police are talking to you, you need to be talking to Richard Portale 914-288-9595

Her daughter had a house party and the police were called. They refused to listen to reason and arrested this single mother of two, charging her with the crime of Criminal Nuisance in the Second Degree.

Westchester Criminal Attorney, Richard A. Portale refused to take “no” for an answer, even submitting a Pre-Plea memo to the Court and the District Attorney.

Ultimately, after reading Mr. Portale’s moving papers, the District Attorney dismissed all charges.

She is a 64 year-old retired teacher and she suffered from kidney failure.  She was driving home from dialysis to see her husband, a retired New York Fireman.  She got into an auto accident and she hurt someone.  Police and the DA over-reacted.  She was arrested and charged with a crime.  Westchester Criminal defense attorney Richard A. Portale brought common sense to the forefront and obtained a dismissal of all charges against our client.

Our client was a Brooklyn man who was on Federal Supervised release.  He was arrested in Westchester and charged with several counts of Grand Larceny and Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument for an incident at a local mall.  It took over a year to fight this case.  Former Prosecutor Richard A. Portale negotiated, then he fought, then he negotiated some more and ultimately all criminal charges were dismissed against our client.

A concerned Westchester professional confronted a local police chief about the lack of concern and action after hurricane Sandy.  The Chief physically initiated chest-to-chest contact, knocking our client to the ground.  Our client was then arrested and charged with a crime!  After months of hard-nosed negotiations, all criminal charges were dismissed!

A young man that police knew was on felony probation was found to be in possession of legal knife. He was inappropriately arrested, jailed and his probation violated. Our Attorneys not only had the improper charges dismissed – but the young man’s Probation was restored and his knife returned to him.

Richard A. Portale has proven he knows how to win, with results in cases similar to this. Success in and out of the courtroom is all that really matters when your lively hood is on the line.

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Richard A. Portale has proven he knows how to win, and success in and out of the courtroom is all that really matters when your lively hood is on the line.

MOUNT VERNON DAD SHOOTS ASSAILANT IN THE LEG – This well-known dude was simply picking up his dinner, when he was jumped and assaulted with a baseball bat.  This was not a wise move, as our client quickly wrested the bat away from his attackers and started swinging.  One of the thugs then pulled out a gun and that too turned out to be ill-advised.  Our client got the gun, shot his attacker in the leg and ran leaving the gun behind.  All criminal charges, included assault in the first degree and criminal possession of a weapon were dismissed within a few short months.

College student cornered on MTA. A young Hawaiian actor in the United States to attend a local college was surrounded and threatened with violence by several larger men, one of which put the young man in a choke hold. The Defendant pulled out a knife to defend himself and ward off his attackers. He was then wrongfully charged with Possession of a Weapon and Menacing. All charges dismissed.

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A known prostitute and admitted liar and thief lied to police when she claimed the defendant was her pimp and that he robbed one of her “johns” at gunpoint in Mamaroneck. Months later – aided by Mamaroneck Police – she drove down to the Bronx to pick him up and brought him to Mamaroneck where he was surrounded by police. She had stashed a gun under his seat and therefore the Defendant faced consecutive time on armed robbery and weapons charges. The Defendant was acquitted of the Robbery and Gun charge after Jury trial.

Young mother wrongfully accused of Killing her baby, Westchester Criminal Attorney Richard Portale sets her FREE.  A 1-year old little girl was pronounced dead upon arrival to the hospital and over a year later – mom continued to sit in an orange jumpsuit in an 8 by 8 foot jail cell.  After being  approached by her family, Criminal defense lawyer, Richard A. Portale, ESQ.  decided to take up her cause and fight for her.  It was an intense, no holds barred, month-long trial in Judge Zambelli’s courtroom – which passersby sometimes described as a battlefield. 


Mortar fire rained down upon the 2nd floor of the courthouse day after day, witness after witness as Mr. Portale slowly and methodically dismantled a very strong government case – which included an eyewitness, physical evidence – including DNA and a 6-hour videotaped confession.  When the dust settled, the jury was in tears and this 21 year old was acquitted of manslaughter and set free. 

Below is an article by The Journal News, you can find an excerpt of the article here

Jury acquits Yonkers mother in tot’s killing

October 2, 2009 – Copyright 2009 The Journal News

By Rebecca Baker

There were only two people who could have beaten 11-month-old Clarissa St. Victor to death, prosecutors said: her mother or her mother’s boyfriend.

A Westchester County jury decided the mother was not guilty, although she was the only one charged in the girl’s death.

The acquittal of 21-year-old Anthonica St. Victor was a stunning rejection of the prosecution’s case that she struck the girl’s head against a wall and shook her violently at her boyfriend’s place in Harrison.

The jury took 10 hours to acquit the Yonkers mother of killing her daughter on Sept. 9, 2008, days before the girl’s first birthday.

St. Victor wept as the jury found her not guilty of first- and second-degree man-slaughter, felony charges that carry up to 25 years in prison. She was found guilty of child endangerment , a misdemean-or with a maximum one-year jail term.

She’s been in jail more than a year awaiting trial, so she may be released Friday when she appears before Westchester Judge Barbara Zambelli. But there is an immigration hold on her, so she may be deported to her native Haiti.

“She always said she didn’t do it,” said her lawyer, Rich-ard Portale, who argued Dorrel Foster, then St. Victor’s boyfriend, was the one who killed the girl.

Foster was the prosecution’s star witness, testifying that he watched in horror as St. Victor hit the girl’s head against a wall and a dresser, then shook and squeezed her in his room at the Century Country Club in Harrison, where he lived in employees’ quarters.

When the baby became unresponsive, they took her in a taxi to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, where Clarissa died of blunt-force trauma. An autopsy found rib fractures, bruises and other injuries on the girl’s body.

Assistant District Attorney Laura Murphy argued the forensic evidence, namely Clarissa’s blood on the wall, matched Foster’s version of events and that her injuries were consistent with his testimony that he saw St. Victor hit the girl. But no forensic evidence linked St. Victor to the bloody spot on the wall; only Foster’s DNA was there.

Portale told the jury Foster lied numerous times after the baby’s death and that only after police threatened to throw him in jail did he blame her.

St. Victor never accused Foster of killing her daughter and testified that she didn’t know how her baby was fatally harmed.

Portale, an attorney with the Scarsdale firm Pappalardo & Pappalardo, said St. Victor was a loving mother of a child with sickle-cell anemia who made countless calls and visits to doctors and specialists. He said St. Victor conceded she could have done more to save the girl and accepted the endangerment conviction.

Portale said his client plans to file a wrongful death lawsuit against her daughter’s doctors, but insisted the case had no winners.

“Clarissa isn’t coming back,” he said. “No one wins.”


Our Westchester Criminal Attorneys successfully defended an individual alleged to have been the ringleader of a group of jewelry thieves that were said to have specialized in hitting high end jewelry stores and Rolex watches. Prosecutors accused the group of hitting jewelry stores up and down the East Coast. The top count in the Indictment was dismissed on Our Attorney’s motion.


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After Allegedly attacking two men outside a local bar with a 6-inch knife; this man led Police on a car chase at speeds of over 100 mph through 3 jurisdictions – after being cornered by Police vehicles, he rammed his way out using his Lincoln Mark VI to smash cruisers and create a lane of escape. He was eventually apprehended. Our Westchester Criminal Attorneys were able to negotiate release of the vehicle, a plea to a misdemeanor with local jail time and no restitution.

 Local teen accused of robbery despite nothing more than mere presence.
 A White Plains teen was wrongfully arrested and charged with Robbery on two separate occasions based upon the mere fact that he was present at the scenes. Our Westchester Criminal Attorneys refused to relent to this unjust prosecution and ultimately after over a year, the boy plead to one count of disorderly conduct and didn’t even pay a fine. He is now a college student.



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College student in Brooklyn New York, was falsely arrested. This bright young student who was wrongfully stopped and frisked and charged with resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration in his very own neighborhood for merely riding his bike while not in the bike lane.  All charges were dismissed.



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A client of ours came to us with multiple sales of cocaine to an undercover officer, after hiring New York Criminal Attorney Richard Portale, the client did not spend another day in Jail.


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This young man was accused of blowing up a car that was in an attached garage: and where there were people in the house.   When police arrested him he was allegedly driving a stolen car.  From the day we took over the client did not spend another day in jail.


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A young man was charged with rape in the stairwell of the mall. The evidence included client’s DNA recovered from a cigarette butt found inside the stairwell. From the moment NY Criminal Lawyer Richard Portale took over the case, the client did not spend another day in jail.


Predicate Felon and reformed drug dealer charged yet again. …only this case was horrible.  This was an alleged single sale to a known user inside a vehicle.  Quite possibly the weakest case ever. We played our hand out and the client walked away unblemished.


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