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A Port Chester Criminal Lawyer dedicated to providing a committed and vigorous representation. We successfully defend clients in State and Federal courts.

Charter Member: NYS Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

  • Osvaldo J. Gonzalez, Esq.

    New York Criminal Defense Attorney

    New York State Bar Association

  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • American Bar Association

State Courts
: DWI, Domestic Violence, Narcotics, Armed Felonies. Specializing in Possession of a Weapon and “Kingpin” Drug Trafficking cases.

Federal Cases: Criminal Enterprise, Narcotics Conspiracy, Money Laundering and White Collar crimes.

Trial litigation: Homicide, Assault and general jury trials.

Areas of Practice

Local:  PortChester Criminal Lawyer

The most experienced criminal attorney in White Plains.

The largest Private Criminal Law Practice in New York.

An experienced Trial Attorney includes over 5000 criminal matters in both State and Federal courts.

In the State Courts, Mr. Gonzalez has the largest criminal practice in New York State for over 20 years. The thousands of cases he is called on to do are the ultimate review of his work. All of the cases are from Private Practice.

Specifically focused on Federal Conspiracy cases emerging out of the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, as well as, National litigation experience.

Mr. Gonzalez won his last seven Homicide trials consecutively.

Federal practice includes: Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, Districts of New Jersey, Puerto Rico, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, St. Thomas and the Virgin Islands, France and Spain..

A lawyer dedicated to providing a committed and vigorous representation. Successfully defending clients in State and Federal courts in New York.

Criminal Defense Attorney, Federal Criminal Lawyer,

Criminal Trial Litigation, Federal Criminal Attorney, Major Offenses and complex criminal litigation.

Portchester Criminal Court

Port chester Criminal Court

Portchester Criminal Defense Lawyers

Port Chester Justice Court
350 North Main Street, Port Chester NY 10573
Phone: 914-939-8220

Alt Phone:
(914) 939-8225
Traffic Dept:
(914) 939-2063
Parking Dept:
(914) 939-6858
(914) 939-3479

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Hon. Peter F. Sisca
Village Justice
Hon. Matthew J. Troy III
Acting Village Justice
Jose O. Castaneda
Acting Village Justice
Regina Hill
Court Clerk (914) 939-8220

Hours of Operation

Criminal cases are heard on Monday, Thursdays and Friday at 9am.

Traffic cases are held Friday at 9am along with 2 Tuesdays a month at 9am.

Port Chester Small Claims

Small claims filings

Filings Accepted on Tuesdays & Wednesday Only
General Information

ADA: The building is ADA accessible.

Parking: Street parking and lot by court.
Bee-Line Bus System

Additional Links:
NY State Dept. of Motor Vehicles
Moving Violations – Vehicle and Traffic Law
Parking Violations

DIY Summary Proceeding Forms
Summary Proceedings (L&T)
Criminal Lawyers Hotline:
1(800) 246-00911

Felonies and Misdemeanors

Most crimes are divided into two main categories: felonies and misdemeanors. How crimes are classified varies from state to state based on the will of the people and their elected representatives. Generally:

  • Felonies are crimes that are punished by more than one year in prison and usually are the more serious of the two. Learn more about Felonies.
  • Misdemeanors are crimes where the person faces less than one year in prison and are usually less serious crimes. Learn more about Misdemeanors.

Federal vs. State Prosecution

The rules change depending on whether the crime is charged in State or Federal Court. Most criminal matters are dealt with in state courts unless:

  • The crime occurred on federal property
  • Federal employee committed the crime
  • The criminal activity affects interstate commerce, such as drug trafficking

Criminal Law Proceedings

Although the rules often vary, most criminal proceedings follow these general steps:


  • for the police to stop or investigate you they must have a reasonable belief that you violated the law


  • if a police officer believes that evidence is needed to further the investigation they must get a search warrant
  • to get a search warrant the officer must provide the issuing judge with probable cause, which usually means that there is enough facts to support the assumption that there is sufficient evidence present at the scene
  • where they are going to search
  • a police officer does not need a warrant if there are exigent circumstances, which means there is an extreme need for personal or public safety to search the premises


  • a person can be questioned as long as their constitutional rights are protected Arrest
  • the police must have probable cause to arrest an individual, unless the crime was committed in the officer’s presence
  • the person must be afforded the constitutional right to obtain an attorney and to remain silent until speaking with that attorney


  • the police have a very short time after arrest in which to charge or release you
  • if the police decide to charge you, a complaint or indictment will be filed, and at an arraignment you will hear the charges against you.
  • at this point you have the option to enter a plea of guilty, not guilty or no contest
  • in some cases a preliminary hearing may also be held
  • there may also be settlement conferences set to try to reach a plea bargain


  • the constitution guarantees the right to a trial by jury
  • the jury will make a finding of guilty, not guilty or acquittal Sentencing Hearing
  • The Court will determined the length and type of punishment you will receive
  • What can you do if you are Accused of a Crime?
  • If you are accused of a crime, you should speak to a lawyer immediately to learn more about your rights, your defenses and the complicated legal system.


A White Plains Criminal Lawyer will provide a Free Consultation and we are available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. A Criminal Lawyer will visit you 24 hours, work on weekends and assist with Bail. We will also initiate an investigation of your case without cost to you.

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