Skip to main content

Andrew J. Proto

Criminal defense Attorney at White Plains, NY

4.8   65 reviews
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2000
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Andrew

Learn Andrew’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    33%
    Aggressive and experienced representation in all criminal matters. I not only defend the charge but protect your reputation as well. Theft, Drugs, Guns, Traffic, Assault

    24 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    33%
    DWI Defense with proven results. Countless cases as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney. For example, BAC of .22 dismissed, White Plains City Court. DWI BAC refusal dismissed, Yonkers. DWI Mamaroneck Village Court dismissed. DWI with child in the car and an accident, No Jail Croton-On-Husdon.

    24 years

  3. Family
    33%
    Child Custody, Child Support, Visitation, Divorce. Aggressive representation with proven results.

    24 years

  4. Other
    1%

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.

 

Criminal Defense

 

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, assault, drug offenses, sex offenses (SORA), DWI/DUI, 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.

 

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.

 

DWI Defense

 

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 delinquency and relocation proceedings.

 

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. 

 

Education Background

 

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 before graduation.

 

Employment Background

 

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 Proto, Sachs & Brown, LLP

 

Today, Andrew and his law partners at Proto, Sachs & Brown, 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.     

Photos and videos

View more

Location

Proto, Sachs & Brown, LLP
One North Broadway
Suite 401
White Plains, NY, 10601
Proto, Sachs & Brown, LLP
987 Main Street
Peekskill, NY, 10566
Hide locations

Similar lawyers nearby

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  65 customer reviews
Posted by Christine | January 26, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent
Andrew is one of the most capable, patient, and insightful attorneys I have ever worked with. I highly recommend Andrew, who's vast experience is needed on any case, but especially the cases where one is a victim of legal abuse and newer technologies used today. Thank you Andrew!! For everything.
Posted by Tiffany | December 11, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
I want to express my sincere gratitude for the outstanding legal assistance provided by Andrew. Their expertise, professionalism, and commitment were evident throughout my case. I truly appreciate their guidance and the positive outcome achieved. Highly recommended for anyone in need of legal representation.
Posted by Jesse B | December 9, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr PROTO
He is the best. This is the fourth time different family members has used him for and he has always able to help us. Easy to talk to and a great lawyer and listener. He makes me feel at ease knowing he's a phone call away. We will always refer you Mr Proto
Posted by Cliff | December 6, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Expertise is just a phone call away.
I had serious legal problems. Andrew Proto reassured me and fought for my rights. The outcome was beyond my expectations. I have have high praise for Andrew and his expertise.
Posted by Erica | August 16, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer and goes above and beyond
Hired and was able to win my case efficiently and effectively in 2018. Return client in 2021. Very communicative and takes time to fully understand the situation and strategize. Will be my go-to for complicated on-going custody issues
Posted by Danielle Caloia | September 16, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful and empathetic attorney with proven positive results!
Let’s just say Andrew will forever remember my family and I for our unpredictable grandparents rights case that kept taking many unexpected turns over the course of approx. 1 year. We hired Andrew purely based on his stellar reviews out of his White Plains office. Andrew helped me through my emotional and unfortunate situation in more ways than I can ever thank him. He guided me correctly through the process and never left me wondering what was coming next. He would spend hours on the phone with me if I needed him to (even once for an entire hour off the clock when I was on the verge of an emotional breakdown due to our case!) and was always available for us anytime we needed him. We ended up with a result to our case that was entirely favorable for my family and I even when we had some grim days and were losing hope. Andrew was always honest and empathetic throughout - at times I felt like I was venting and talking to a friend about my thoughts and worries about next steps. He’s a fabulous attorney with an aggressive attitude in the court room - while I hope to never need to hire him again, he would certainly be my go to if I ever found myself down this journey again. Thank you for all you did for us, Andrew!!
Read less
Posted by John Gruden | July 23, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Nice guy, great lawyer
I had a really crappy situation to deal with, these guys made it really easy and painless. I dealt with Andrew he was great right form the get go, gave me his cell phone number and was always available whenever I needed anything even after hours. This company really takes a personal approach and i really felt like I was more than just a client. As for their actual legal work, they were phenomenal. My case was resolved quickly despite everything that's going on in the world right now. The outcome was significantly better than other people had it told me to expect. If you or a loved one are in a situation where you need legal help I urge you to give them a call!
Read less
Posted by Vasko | February 6, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
successful CPS case
Mr. Proto successfully won initiated CPS case .He was very professional and always available which really helped our family through that ordeal.
Posted by Mrs Simms | January 8, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very professional!!
I got a traffic ticket. His office entered a guilty plea to the reduced charge of VTL 1180D, speeding 85/65 zone off the original speeding 101/65 zone. There are 4 points associated with this reduced speeding ticket violation as opposed to the original 8 points. I had to pay $318 to the court, and l kept my driving license. I was worried because l never had to deal with the law before, mr Proto and his team were very reassuring. I recommend his law firm.
Read less
Posted by Nan | October 26, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer!!
Best lawyer in New York, Andrew is very good at he is doing, he help us win the CPS case and he fights until the end for us. Our lawyer is very professional and he is willing to spend time with us to help us develop good strategy to win the case. Highly recommended.
Posted by Trish | September 24, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best!
Speechless of the professionalism, care and determination of Andrew Proto and David. Outstanding results! I can not thank them both enough for helping me and supporting me through this very emotional situation. I have worked with many attorneys and none compare to them and their office. I can not thank them enough. They believed in me and did everything possible that you would wish an attorney would do. I am forever grateful for finding them and having hope that there are attorneys out there who really do care and do what they have to for you. If you need a confident review to determine who you hire - do not think twice about Andrew and David. I will be forever grateful. Thank you both again!
Read less
Posted by Louis | March 11, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Vice President ccc computer
When our company moved to rye I was getting in i95 in new Rochelle going to rye merging in ,a state trooper wrote me two tickets, one for agessive lane change and one for tail gating, Andrew proto got both tickets dismissed, he and his firm are the most professional and the very best!
Posted by Rob | February 14, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Passing a School Bus - Incorrect Ticket
After receiving an onerous and incorrect ticket, I contracted with Andrew and provided him with a detailed description and drawings of the supposed infraction. Andrew was able to negotiate the onerous ticket of points and a hefty fine down to a manageable amount that I was willing to pay. Thanks Andrew, good job!
Posted by Anthony | April 13, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
100%
Great experience using this firm!! so far I have used this firm twice to assist me with traffic tickets, one of which was multiple equipment violations in the city of white plains and a very hefty speeding ticket in Manhattan North TVB where Mr. Proto took care of it. They both achieved outcomes well above my expectations, I will definitely trust them if I should ever need help again!
Read less
Posted by anonymous | February 21, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
Retained Andrew when my regular attorney was on vacation. He handled my emergency family law case promptly to quickly resolve the matter. Would highly recommend.
Posted by Charles | November 14, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended!
I retained Andrew Proto to handle a case for me based on his reputation in the legal community as a skilled litigator who achieves results. Andrew lived up to his reputation and then some; he wasn't afraid to take on an aggressive adversary, he had great court room presence, and it was clear in the courtroom that Andrew was respected by the Judge assigned to the case. Andrew always made himself available to explain the case to me and even after the case was over Andrew has always been available to answer any questions that I have had. I have recommended Andrew to friends and I would highly recommend Andrew and his firm to anyone.
Read less
Posted by Wyatt Gilchrist | November 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A+
Andrew Proto is sincerely the most helpful, professional, and knowledgeable attorney I've had the pleasure of working with. When I was introduced to Andrew, there was no question I needed to hire him. He took care of my case extremely efficiently and effectively. I highly recommend him to anyone seeking legal advise. The best.
Posted by anonymous | October 30, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Traffic Defense Lawyer
Had a great experience working with Andrew on our recent case. He and his team are very professional, efficient, delivering tangible results in a timely manner. I would highly recommend Andrew and his firm for any Traffic ticket related matters.
Posted by CJF | September 20, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Legal Team!!
Mr. Andrew Proto provided excellent legal service. He responded to my call regarding a traffic ticket quickly, and handled the matter both efficiently and kindly. He and his team were on top of the case throughout the process, and I did not have to worry that it would fall through the cracks. I highly recommend Andrew and his team, and will return to him for any future legal needs. Thank you!
Read less
Posted by Karina | July 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best
An excellent person dedicated to his work, Andrew helped us with the criminal and civil case that we had and "we won" as my father says you are the number 1 thank you for everything Andrew Proto. Karina S.
View less reviews

Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-600 per hour
  • Contingency 1%-33%
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Proto, Sachs & Brown, LLP
  • 2006 - Present
  • Senior Associate
  • Voute, Lohrfink, Magro & Collins, LLP
  • 2003 - 2006
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Westchester County District Attorney's Office
  • 2000 - 2003
  • Legal Intern
  • District Attorney's Office
  • 1998 - 1999
View all work experience

Education

  • Western New England College School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • State University of New York, College at Brockport
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v LM
  • Case Dismissed
  • TS v TP
  • Custody to Client
  • People v RR
  • Dismissed
View all legal cases

Associations

  • Westchester County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • New York State Defenders Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best in New York State for Client Satifaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Client's Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2015
  • Top Attorney Criminal Defense
  • AVVO
  • 2015
  • Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys in New York
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Client's Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • Client's Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2012
  • Criminal Justice Award
  • State University of New York
  • 1996
View all awards

Publications

  • Inside the Minds (Aspatore Books)
  • Strategies for Defending DWI Cases in New York
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • Valhalla Public Schools - Westchester County District Attorneys Office
  • Drug Use
  • 2004
  • Tarrytown Schools - Westchester County District Attorneys Office
  • Drug use and consequences
  • 2004
  • Armonk Schools - Westchester County District Attorneys Office
  • Drug Use
  • 2004

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (8)
Endorse Andrew
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Highly dedicated to the profession and his clients. I would not hesitate to recommend Attorney Proto to any client in need of a highly experienced and talented defense attorney"
Family Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have referred cases to him and he has done a great job."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Great attorney with a wealth of legal knowledge. He is smart, professional, and well-liked by clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am not surprised the Andrew has such great client reviews, he fights hard for his clients. He is my first recommendation if anyone needs a client in the White Plains or surrounding areas."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent attorney with great experience and many happy clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Andy is a hardworking, professional with many years experience successfully defending his clients. He is a pleasure to deal with - I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Andrew is the consummate professional and highly recommend him for your legal needs."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Andrew and I worked together on a criminal matter with immigration consequences. My client and I could not have been happier. He was prompt,professional and kind. He took a complicated criminal case and obtained an outcome that blocked my client's imminent deportation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Andrew is a zealous advocate. He leaves no stone unturned when representing his clients. He is a wealth of knowledge and experience, and uses that to achieve great results in the courtroom."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"Andrew is an extremely skilled criminal defense attorney who time and time again proves that he is an asset to the legal profession. Having known Andrew since we were prosecutors together I have always marveled at Andrew's abilities as a criminal defense attorney in and out of the courtroom."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Andrew Proto is a skilled and accomplished attorney with a long history of success both in and out of court. I have worked closely with him on a number of matters and strongly recommend him to anyone seeking a criminal defense or family attorney."
View more endorsements
General practice
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Criminal defense