Drug Lord “El Chapo” Extradited to U.S.

Joaquin Guzmán, better known by his alias, “El Chapo,” arrived in New York recently after being extradited to the U.S. following his drug-related crimes as head of the Sinaloa cartel. The extradition comes after Guzmán’s daring escape from a Mexican maximum security prison in 2015. According to reports, Guzmán escaped through an opening in his shower that was discovered to lead to a mile-long tunnel. The breakout marks the second time Guzmán has escaped from a maximum security prison.

After being recaptured by Mexican law enforcement in a shootout that led to the deaths of five of Guzmán’s associates, a judge in Mexico approved the motion for extradition. The drug kingpin faces charges in California, Texas, Illinois, Florida, and New Hampshire, and will additionally stand before a Brooklyn court under federal charges. Throughout his career in the Sinaloa cartel, Guzmán trafficked billions of dollars of marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin across the U.S. and Mexico. He continued his operation of the cartel in prison by bribing guards and subsequently built his cartel into a multi-billion dollar enterprise. Guzmán even appeared on Forbes’ “World’s Billionaires List” and “World’s Most Powerful List.”

Guzmán awaits trial in Brooklyn, where maximum security measures have been implemented at the Manhattan prison where he is being held. Drug charges are among the most serious offenses in the U.S. in the eyes of the law. If you are facing drug-related allegations, obtaining a resourceful Westchester criminal defense attorney is imperative. Don’t hesitate to contact Law Offices of Richard A. Portale, P.C. at (914) 772-3166 for effective legal representation and to discuss the particulars of your case.

DWI charges against Canandaigua council member

At around 7:00 p.m., Karen White, a 64-year-old council member for Canandaigua was parked on South Main Street when an officer approached her and conducted a DWI investigation. The officer found an open wine bottle located on the floor of the car. Her blood alcohol content was 0.8 percent. She was charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol and possession of an open alcohol container in the car.

White is a seven-year council member in Canandaigua who was first elected in 2009.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a DWI, we can help. Our New York lawyers at Law Offices of Richard A. Portale, P.C. are experienced in criminal law and have the skills and capability to properly represent you in court. Get in touch with us at (914) 772-3166 to learn more about your legal options.

New York man found guilty for domestic violence

A 27-year-old Buffalo man was sentenced Tuesday, December 20, for his involvement in a domestic violence case that began in 2014 in Buffalo, New York.

The man was identified as Brandon Medley; he was found guilty of violating an order of protection against a woman, as well as burglary, first-degree criminal contempt, and second-degree criminal contempt. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

July 2014, Medley reportedly forced his way into a woman’s home and choked the victim. According to the court documents, the man also tore the victim’s shirt and spit in her face. He also tried contacting the victim from Erie County Holding Center numerous times after the court issued a restraining order against him.

We at Law Offices of Richard A. Portale, P.C. understand how sensitive domestic violence cases can be. If you or someone you know has been accused of domestic violence, we might be able to help you. Our compassionate lawyers have the skills and knowledge in criminal defense and can represent you in court. Get in touch with us at (914) 772-3166 to learn more about your legal options.

New York Man Charged With Mail Fraud for Alleged Vermin Scam

Earlier this fall, David Han of Queens was charged with one count of mail fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud for his elaborate “Vermin Control” scam.

Han and his co-conspirators were found mailing violation notices to New York residents which instructed them to pay a $120 fine for unnamed violations. The notice was allegedly sent from the Vermin Control section of the New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Shortly after the scam began, the city had issued a warning about the ongoing scam. It is reported that over 100 people had fallen for the scam and had mailed money to the conspirators.

If you or someone you know has been charged with mail fraud, it is imperative that you act fast to begin building your legal defense immediately. Mail fraud is a felony offense and carries with it serious consequences including up to 20 years in jail. Contact the Law Offices of Richard A. Portale, P.C. at (914) 772-3166 today to learn more about how our legal team can assist in your mail fraud case.

Man Charged with DWI

Joseph Sharpe II is facing DWI charges after his vehicle struck a pole early Sunday morning on Country Club Road.

At approximately 1:00 in the morning, Sharpe was driving his 2011 Toyota Tacoma on the northbound lane of Country Club Road, when he suddenly lost control of his car for unknown reasons. The Toyota then left the roadway and crashed into a nearby utility pole. Investigators were called onto the scene after receiving a report of property damage. They later discovered Sharpe was intoxicated and had a BAC of 0.16 percent. Sharpe told the officers he was scratching off some lottery tickets prior to the accident. The driver of the vehicle was identified as 25-year-old Joseph Sharpe. He was a resident at Hunterbrook Apartments Road, Queensbury.

No injuries were reported following the crash.

If you are charged with drunken driving, we at the Law Offices of Richard A. Portale, P.C. can provide you with reliable legal presentation. We have the skills and capability to defend you and protect your rights throughout the process. Contact our legal team at (914) 772-3166 to learn more about your options.

Registered Sex Offender Arrested for Sex Crimes Twice in Four Weeks

Queens resident Rodney Pierre was recently arrested for grinding against a woman at a subway station just two weeks after a similar incident.

The most recent December incident took place at an East Harlem subway station where officers spotted him making sexual advances on a woman; he was later found on the subway rubbing against her body. Just two weeks prior, Pierre was arrested for masturbating on a woman’s leg which, not coincidentally, also took place on a subway. Rodney Pierre has now been arrested eight times for assorted sex crimes, including attempted rape. Because of his extensive criminal record, he has been labeled a Level 3 sex offender, which is the highest risk level possible.

Defending against any sex offense charge is no easy feat, let alone defending against the eighth one. Criminal penalties for sex crimes are among the harshest out there and, as a result, any person charged with one must be prepared to find qualified legal representation to defend their rights. If you have been charged with a sex crime, contact the experienced attorneys of the Law Offices of Richard A. Portale, P.C. by calling (914) 772-3166 today.

Richard Portale named a Global Who’s Who Top Lawyer

The Global Who’s Who has honored Richard A. Portale of Law Offices of Richard A. Portale, P.C., by recognizing him as a Top Lawyer.

The organization recognizes successful individuals in various fields such as medicine, law, engineering, business, and government. It accounts for their lifetime accomplishments and only those who have been leaders in their fields and have great achievements are included.

All of us at the Law Offices of Richard A. Portale, P.C., are proud that Richard A. Portale has been included in the Global Who’s Who as a Top Lawyer and are excited to carry on the excellent legal work that got us into that publication.

Fraud suit underway against White Plains Esplanade

A family of a former Esplanade senior resident has filed suit against the owner for fraud and breach of contract.

Marc Sherman, attorney and son of 85-year-old Rachel Sherman, filed the suit with New York’s Supreme Court when they received notice in October 2015 about the need move out. According to Esplanade, Hearthstone Alzheimer Care, the contractor for residents with memory issues, was not legally able to practice in New York and so those patients would be displaced.

A mere two months after this, Esplanade made public their plan to turn the assisted living complex into luxury apartments. An additional 140 elders who used to receive meals, housekeeping, social activities and other amenities were forced to vacate the facility after White Plains Common Council gave permission for the renovation. In return, the Attorney General announced in July that the company would compensate 139 of their ex-patients for a total of $528,000, allowing Esplanade to get away with their plans.

Already, Justice Orazio Bellantoni has moved to dismiss a few of the claims presented, but has allowed the fraud and breach of contract claims to continue. The reason behind this is that there was clear non-disclosure of using the unlicensed Hearthstone when discussing the contract.

Breach of contract and fraud claims can completely ruin a business and should not be taken lightly if raised against you. If either of these claims have been brought against you, contact one of our criminal defense attorneys with Law Offices of Richard A. Portale, P.C. to discuss your options. Call us today at (914) 772-3166.

One Yonkers man stabbed, sent to hospital

A man in Yonkers was stabbed Wednesday, October 12, and brought to the hospital after receiving emergency treatment from EMT workers.

According to the police, the stabbing took place following some sort of altercation around 6:30 p.m. The man, who is expected to survive the incident, was initially treated by police and EMTs while still laying on the doorstep of a local residence. He was taken to a medical center in the Bronx.

The investigation is ongoing because police are having a hard time getting information from the man. People who live in the area were shaken following the incident, claiming they are frightened in their own homes. There have been no related arrests so far.

Assault with a deadly weapon is a heavy charge to deal with, especially in maintaining good personal and professional relationships. If you are in a situation in which you’ve been charged with such a claim, speak to a Westchester assault defense attorney with Law Offices of Richard A. Portale, P.C. as early as possible. Call us at (914) 772-3166.

Fourteen Arrested in East End Drug Ring Takedown

Fourteen people have been arrested, but police are expecting 40 additional arrests in this takedown of a Bloods gang-affiliated drug ring, run out of the East End of New York. The ring reportedly expanded across New York and distributed in East Hampton, Riverhead, Southampton, and Southold. So far, New York police have seized several kilograms of cocaine, heroin, cars, firearms, and over $150,000 in cash associated with the drug ring.

The investigation had been going on for several years by the time of the bust and had utilized many risky investigative techniques in order to catch their suspects including undercover work and advanced electronic surveillance. Of the 14 people arrested, three were known Bloods gang members and several were major drug dealers. According to the East End police, these distributors were well-known in the area and responsible for exacerbating the area’s heroin problem.

Being convicted of illicit drug distribution can mean significant prison time for anyone even remotely involved in the process. The experienced Criminal Defense Lawyers at Law Offices of Richard A. Portale, P.C. have a long history of helping those accused of drug-related crime reduce sentences and even get charges dismissed. If you are facing drug crime charges, you can contact our Westchester office at (914) 772-3166 to start developing a defense.

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