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David Robert Sachs

Criminal defense Attorney at White Plains, NY

5.0   16 reviews

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About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    All criminal and traffic cases including violations of probation

  2. Family
    child custody, child support, divorce

I have been in private practice for over twenty years and I concentrate in the areas of criminal defense and family law.  Prior to my private practice I was an Assistant District Attorney with the Westchester County District Attorney's Office.  


I take great pride in my commitment to my clients and the fact that I treat every case as if it is my only case.  It is extremely important to me that my clients have complete confidence in me not only as their attorney but also as someone who is genuinely concerned for their best interests and who treats them with compassion and respect.


In all of my cases I always make sure that my clients understand every aspect of their case, that they are kept informed and up to date and most importantly, that they know that I am zealously and relentlessly protecting their legal rights and interests at all times.



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Licensed for 22 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2000
Updated 11/17/2022

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

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Posted by Richard | June 23, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
traffic citations
I'm a lawyer in another state. While visiting Westchester County a client of mine picked up two traffic citations. Mr. Sachs achieved an excellent resolution - dismissal of one citation and reduction of the second from a moving violation to a parking ticket. Then he told us exactly how to pay the parking ticket and court cost. Thank you.
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Posted by Kimberly | November 10, 2019
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Highly Recommended!!!
Mr. Sachs is an amazing attorney! He had great communication throughout the entire process. We got the exact result we wanted even though I felt the cards were stacked against me. I would highly recommend Mr. Sachs to anybody in search of a lawyer. Mr. Sachs was able to have my probation terminated which I didn't think could be possible!
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Posted by Otis B. | September 1, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
If you want quality legal help after an arrest, hire David Sachs
Seriously had panic attacks after my arrest, but after I hired David and his firm, David exceeded expectations on every level. If you want quality legal help, hire David and his firm. The website says "Westchester's Premiere criminal defense firm" and that it is not a misrepresentation.
Posted by Darius | June 17, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Yes, this firm asked for a big retainer BUT, after talking to a couple of other area lawyers, this firm seemed more aggressive. I met with David Sachs at my first meeting and he gave me the feeling that I was going to be well protected in my trumped up, ridiculously racist criminal charges against me. Money well spent. David was fantastic. He was able to have my case dismissed by filing legal papers with a court appearance with testimony (not a trial). Judge agreed with his legal opinion and dismissed my case. I can't thank him enough. Also, on one court date lawyer Andrew Proto from the firm appeared on my case which was fine, because I did hire the firm, but what was exceptional about it was that he knew my case just as well as David. In my view, this firm is top notch.
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Posted by Ruel | May 24, 2016
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I will do my best to get you a desired outcome. When you hear this, then you can find something else in your life to worry about
It so happened that I ran through a stop sign in the village of Tuckahoe a few months back. In conference with Mr.Sachs he assured me that he will do his utmost best to secure a favourable resolution to the matter on my behalf. So said, so done. Iwas very worried because my license was in jeopardy if I were to be found guilty, I live in a neighbouring state and in NJ you get additionally penalized if you are found guilty of any moving violation in NY state. Thank God I encountered and chose this law firm to represent me. This is my experience with Mr. Sach's and all I can say is that, if you have a legal traffic matter, retain him and you literally could not be in better hands.
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Posted by Jeffrey | November 19, 2015
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Life saver
Was about to get a 3rd speeding ticket infraction which would suspend my license. Not only was it knocked down to a parking ticket, they also took care of 2 of my tickets for one reasonable fee. Thank you
Posted by anonymous | November 3, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Manslaughter charges dismissed!
It has been two long years but finally my manslaughter charges were dimissed after trial. All I can say is that I was frightened during the whole process because the DA wanted me to go to prison. Even when there was talk of just felony probation it was going to ruin my family and my life. The best decision I made was hiring David and his law firm. I mean, David gave it his all! He was confident, poised and it always seemed like he had a great rapport with the DA and the court. When I first met him I knew right away that I could easily talk to him and he explained everything clearly to me. Through my frightening ordeal it gave me a lot of security. I have to say though, waiting for the verdict I couldn't breathe! But David delivered and delivered big time!
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Posted by anonymous | July 28, 2014
Successful resolution of traffic ticket with no points
David and his firm were able to reduce my traffic ticket so that I did not end up with any points on my license. I called him the day I got my two tickets, he provided a free consultation on how the process would work and what the firm could do to help me. He then identified the materials I needed to collect as mitigating circumstances. I provided him with the material and he was able to substantially reduce the fine and I ended up with no points on my license. The firm was responsive and kept me informed of progress. The firm did not over promise and under deliver they did exactly what they told me they could do during the consultation.
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Posted by anonymous | April 21, 2014
I recommend David Sachs
David, along with his partner Andrew Proto, helped me achieve the best result scenario from my arraignment. I couldn't be happier!
Posted by Larry | April 2, 2014
Successful Speeding Ticket Defense for my Son
This morning David represented my 18 year old son in front of the judge at the Town of Greenburgh Justice Court. My son was ticketed for speeding going 80 in a 55 MPH zone on Route 87. David was able to discuss this matter directly with the judge to plea the case down to a no points fine of $75 plus a requirement for him to attend a six hour defensive driving course. Considering it could have been a 6 point penalty on my son's license this was a very positive result. We would certainly recommend David's services for traffic matters in Westchester County.
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Posted by Christian | October 1, 2013
I was attacked and arrested...I chose David Sachs
After a simple Google search, and after reading numerous reviews (all of which seemed 'too good to be true' by the way), I finally met with David Sachs and a handful of other local criminal defense lawyers in the White Plains area. I had been 'jumped' outside of a bar by three belligerent men after a presumably innocent discussion went wrong. A Good Samaritan came to the rescue, stopping one of my attackers in his tracks and sending him to the hospital. However, when the police arrived, I was arrested and never had a chance to explain my end of the story (my Good Samaritan fled and was arrested the next day). Needless to say, I felt like the victim and not the perpetrator and I needed a lawyer who was going to see it my way. None of the other lawyers could promise a dismissal but worst, they said an ACD dismissal was completely unattainable. David couldn't guarantee a dismissal, but he was confident of his record enough that I chose David. I would not settle for a plea, for a misdemeanor conviction, for probation, or for a record. As a young business owner and former educator, a criminal record would be devastating (I had a misdemeanor from my college days that still lingers!). Guess what? I received an ACD dismissal. My poor Samaritan, well, he went with another lawyer and had to plea to probation! Incredible. As for price, all lawyers are pricey, and David's cost was comparable to what the others were charging, it seemed like a standard price. I know this review seems to good to be true but it's the truth. David's record and reviews are like this for a reason.
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Posted by anonymous | September 12, 2013
Exceptional family court lawyer!!
Do not go anywhere else for a custody lawyer. David is an excellent and trustworthy lawyer. He is extraordinarily knowledgeable about family court and it really shows in and out of the courtroom. We retained David for my daughter's custody case which was very contentious as her ex-boyfriend (the father) had violent tendencies. His lawyer was aggressive but David had control of the facts and law of the case. Yes, David is aggressive too! The outcome after trial was exactly as it should have been.
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Posted by Maria | August 31, 2013
Excellent representation in my custody case
When I needed an attorney for my custody case which I was expecting to be contentious, I called tons of attorneys. It seemed like money was the only topic they wanted to discuss. Then I called Mr. Sachs' firm and I spoke to Mr. Sachs for a half hour about my case. He was the first attorney that I called that actually gave me the time and listened! Eventually I had to bring up the fee issue. The fee was reasonable and I retained Mr Sachs' firm. Mr. Sachs was very attentive to me throughout my case, returned all of my emails and calls promptly, showed me compassion and understanding throughout my case which always put me at ease. Best part was that I could tell he was in control in the courtroom and quickly understands the facts of the case and how to represent his client. I thought my case would be very contentious but I really feel that because of Mr. Sachs, my case was settled in the right and fair way. I was extremely satisfied with his representation and the outcome of my case. I pray that I do not need an attorney ever again but if I do I know that there is no other attorney that I would hire. I am truly grateful. Mr. Sachs is really an asset to his profession.
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Posted by Fred | August 29, 2013
I highly recommend this lawyer for criminal cases
David Sachs is a fantastic criminal defense lawyer. I retained him (and his firm) for my alleged assault case that my ex-wife filed against me. He was very aggressive and always had a plan of attack. I am a 43 year old professional person and my arrest was embarassing and I was frightened. I had never been arrested before. Mr Sachs was able to put my mind at ease with his confidence in my defense. The end result was that the case was dismissed. I highly recommend this lawyer.
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Posted by Anthony | June 1, 2013
When I spoke to Mr. Sachs about the drug charges against me he spent a lot of time with me on the telephone even before I hired him. I had called other lawyers and they didn't want to talk to me on the phone they just wanted me to come to their office with money or at least that is the way it felt. Mr. Sachs was very professional and when our conversation was over I understood for the first time what was happening to me and that gave me a feeling of control. That is why I hired Mr. Sachs. He is a very personable guy with real talent as a criminal defense lawyer. As for my felony drug charge he got it dismissed with an ACD. Crazy thing is, he told me that was what he thought he could get for me during our first telephone conversation!
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Posted by Joseph | May 27, 2013
Incredible Lawyer
Incredible lawyer! David always has a legal strategy and plan. He kept me informed each step of the way through my custody matter. At every court appearance it was obvious he is well respected and knows what he is doing. It was great having a lawyer who I had complete confidence in at all times. If you are looking for an excellent family law attorney, you should consider David Sachs who is a partner at the law firm of Riebling, Proto & Sachs in White Plains.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-500 per hour
Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner and Partner
  • Proto, Sachs & Brown, LLP
  • 2007 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of David R. Sachs
  • 2002 - 2007
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Westchester County District Attorney's Office
  • 2000 - 2002


  • Touro College - Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • State University of New York, College at New Paltz
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996

Legal Cases

  • People v. Williams
  • Through aggressive and thorough representation I brought new facts to the prosecutor's attention which led the prosecutor to move to withdraw all criminal charges pending against my client.


  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2015 - Present
  • National Association of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015 - Present
  • New York State Defenders Association
  • 2002 - Present
  • Westchester County Bar Association
  • 2002 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • 2000 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 2000 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Client's Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • Wall of Tolerance
  • Southern Poverty Law Center
  • 2012
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  • Touro Law Review
  • Case Note
  • 1999

Speaking Engagements

  • Carrer Day Peekskill Middle School
  • Criminal Defense
  • 2016
  • Career Day Blue Mountain Middle School
  • Criminal Defense
  • 2016
  • Career Day
  • Criminal Defense Lecture
  • 2015
  • Career Day
  • Criminal Defense Lecture
  • 2015
  • Westchester DA's Office Prolaw
  • Teen Alcohol and Drug Use
  • 2000
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (5)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Sachs because he gets results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 23
Relationship: Other
"Davids confidence in his knowledge and zealousness in the courtroom are a combination that his clients benefit from each and every day. It starts when he takes the time to listen to them on the phone and never stops until the case is resolved to their satisfaction. David is a true professional in our field."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is a great legal mind. I have seen him tackle complex legal issues and develop a winning strategy for his clients. I have referred personal friends to David, and he consistently delivers excellent results on their behalf."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I strongly endorse Mr. Sachs. He is professional and utilizes an excellent demeanor both in and out of the courtroom. Very strong track record of success on behalf of his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have professionally and personally known David since we started together at the Westchester County District Attorney's Office. David is an outstanding lawyer, co-worker and personal friend. David knows the law, how to argue with other attorneys and judges to effectively represent his clients. His ability to "think outside the box" to come up with creative ways to win cases is extraordinary. I am always amazed and impressed with the clever arguments he presents and just how effective he is in the courtroom. Even other lawyers tell me how impressed they are with David and that they consider him a formidable adversary, someone they can not trick or manipulate. Importantly, all his clients have confidence in his ability and always return with other matters or refer family and friends. If you are charged with any crime, you need to talk to David and you will soon share my opinion. David has gone to trial on all types of criminal cases everything from murder to traffic tickets."
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