"Best Lawyer I have Ever Had the Pleasure of Working With"
"Andrew Proto Fights for Justice and Gets Results"
As a former Assistant District Attorney in Westchester County, Andrew gained
valuable experience while handling countless felony and misdemeanor cases.
While an Assistant District Attorney he prosecuted a variety of criminal
cases including murder, drug sale & possession, assault, DWI, theft,
sex offenses and many others. Also, while a prosecutor he coordinated
various investigations with state and local law enforcement, developing
relationships he still maintains today.
Now as a criminal defense attorney Andrew has defended all types of criminal
investigations and offenses including complex
white collar crimes, million dollar
thefts, grand and petit larcenies,
sex offenses (SORA),
gun possession charges, or many other criminal actions. Andrew’s approach is aggressive
and he skillfully defends those in New York State and Federal Court.
Andrew has a full understanding of various court programs such as TASC,
Willard Drug Treatment, OASAS, the WAVE Program and other programs related
to violence and/or drug and alcohol use. Additionally, he co-authored
a book titled "Defense Strategies for Drug Crimes" that focuses on educating other lawyers of the best practices for
strategizing an effective defense against drug charges.
Andrew has represented various professional clients such as school administrators,
teachers, law enforcement officers, executives, recording producers, business
owners, stock brokers and others with various employment or other licenses
that may be threatened by a criminal arrest or conviction.
After prosecuting countless DWI crimes with the Westchester County District
Attorney’s office Andrew now defends those charged with DWI. Andrew
has extensive experience defending clients charged with DWI in both negotiating
a plea bargain and/or defending the DWI charge at trial.
Andrew is also published in the area of DWI law and defense strategies.
His insight into the latest changes in DWI law and the best defense strategies
was featured in the 2015,
Inside the Minds book series titled “Strategies for Defending DWI Cases in New York”. The publication is focused on educating other lawyers as to the
best DWI defenses in New York State.
Traffic Ticket Defense
Andrew regularly appears in the local justice courts of Westchester and
the surrounding counties defending all types of traffic tickets. From
speeding to driving with a suspended license, Andrew fights for a dismissal
of the ticket or a reduction to protect his client’s driver’s
license and insurance rates.
Family Law & Divorce
In addition to criminal & traffic defense Andrew represents various
clients in matrimonial and family law court proceedings. This includes
prenuptial agreements, separation agreements and
divorce matters both contested and uncontested. In family court Andrew regularly
represents clients in matters involving
child support, paternity,
custody, visitation, orders of protection, family offense, neglect, abuse, juvenile
CPS Fair Hearings
Andrew represent clients at Fair Hearings before the Office of Children
and Family Services. After an indicated finding from ACS, DSS or CPS Andrew
has found success having “indicated” findings amended to “unfounded”
and sealed. This has included parents accused of child abuse, neglect
or maltreatment and employees of various child’s housing facilities.
Andrew is a graduate from the State University of New York College at Brockport
where he graduated with academic honors. He studied both criminal justice
and political science obtaining a bachelor’s degree. Andrew served
as vice–president of the student government and had authority of
its million dollar budget. He also served as president of the criminal
justice student association.
Andrew graduated from Western New England College School of Law, located
in Springfield, Massachusetts. His coursework focused on criminal law
and family law, he also served on the law school moot court team. As a
student he was accepted at the local District Attorney’s office
to prosecute various criminal offenses, including conducting trials, even
Upon graduation Andrew served as an Assistant District Attorney in Westchester
County first in the motions and appeals bureau and then serving in the
local criminal courts including the towns of Bedford, Briarcliff, Lewisboro,
Mount Kisco, Mount Pleasant, New Castle, North Salem, Ossining, Pleasantville,
Pound Ridge, Somers, Harrison, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, Port Chester, Rye,
Scarsdale, Yonkers, White Plains, North Castle, Peekskill, Yorktown, New
Rochelle, Eastchester, Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow, Hastings, Greenburgh,
Elmsford, Dobbs Ferry, Mount Vernon and Pelham.
After serving with the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office,
Andrew was employed by a Westchester County civil defense firm as a senior
Associate. He worked in the Supreme and County Courts of Westchester,
Rockland, Orange, Bronx, New York, Queens, Brooklyn, Putnam, Dutchess
and Rockland Counties. At the civil defense firm Andrew represented such
clients as Allstate insurance company, Chubb, GMAC, Travelers, Putnam
Hospital and Turner Construction.
Owner & Partner at Riebling, Proto & Sachs, LLP
Today, Andrew and his law partners at Riebling, Proto & Sachs, LLP
now focus on a variety of legal matters including, criminal defense, family
law (custody, support & visitation), divorce actions, traffic tickets,
DWI and other general civil litigation.
Andrew is most proud of his countless satisfied clients he has helped defend
through the most difficult times of their lives. Andrew personalizes every
defense and legal strategy for each client. He is always available to
speak to make sure each client has a full understanding of the legal process.
Andrew offers a free initial consultation.
Memberships and Admissions
Andrew is a member of the Westchester County Bar Association, New York
State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and New York State Defender’s
Andrew is admitted to all Courts in New York State as well as the United
States Federal District Court for the Southern District or New York and
the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Andrew is credited with over 30 successful trial verdicts throughout the
Courts of New York and continues to successfully represent both his criminal
and civil clients.
The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys™ has nominated and
accepted Andrew Proto as 2016 AIOFLA's 10 Best in the state of New
York for Client Satisfaction.
Results Matter, below is a sample of noteworthy litigation:
People v RR – Westchester County gun charge. Prosecutor voluntarily withdraws
the felony gun charges after motions are filed and it is shown the client’s
4th Amendment rights were violated based upon an improper search. File sealed.
People v LG –– Westchester County DWI charge. With a BAC reading of .22
blood sample was suppressed and jury after trial found client not guilty
of all DWI charges. File sealed.
People v TM – Westchester County felony drug charge. Entire matter dismissed
upon motion due to inaccurate laboratory findings.
T v. T – Brooklyn Custody dispute, mother took child from state and court
ordered child to return to New York custody awarded to father (client).
People v JR – Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs case dismissed after trial.
People v DW - Yonkers DWI charged dismissed.
People v CC - North Castle felony drug charges dismissed.
B v B - Orange County, Custody awarded to mother (client) and mother allowed
to move out of New York State.
O v.O. - Westchester County, Custody awarded to mother (client) and mother allowed
to move out of New York State.
S v. B - Orange County, Father (client) child support obligations reduced due
N v L - Westchester County, Father (client) child support set at State Minimum
& Mother prevented from moving from State with child
DSS v RV - Westchester County, after a hearing client's indicated CPS report
amended to unfounded and sealed.
People v FM - Westchester County DWI charge dismissed.
People v NM - Westchester County handgun charge reduced to a non-criminal offense
with a fine.
People v AD - Putnam County, Public Lewdness charge dismissed after jury trial in
B v. DP - Civil case in Queens, NY. Client found not responsible for injuries