Federal and New York State Criminal Defense

New York Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you have been accused of a crime, then enlisting the help of a New York criminal defense attorney is crucial to the outcome of your case and your entire future. Not only are you at risk of criminal penalties such as imprisonment, fines and more, you also risk losing your reputation and your chance of a successful future. You could be barred from promotion, from your dream job, or even from U.S. citizenship (if you are a current non-citizen). The Portela Law Firm, P.C. has extensive experience with criminal defense cases and combines experience from multiple areas of law to develop the most strategic approach to your unique situation.

Criminal Defense in NYC, Long Island & All of New York State

With an exemplary level of professional ability and ethics, the firm is committed to delivering this quality of representation to every client.

The legal team can help with cases involving:

  • Federal Law - Unlike state law, which has to do with a state's particular laws, federal laws consists of general laws that are enforced nationally. Furthermore, federal law sometimes involves crimes that involve multiple states, or computer crimes which involve crimes that transcend the state it originated in.
  • DWI - A DWI conviction can result in imprisonment, fines, the suspension or revocation of your driver's license and more. If aggravated circumstances are present, such as driving without a license or a suspended license, or multiple DWI convictions, removal proceedings may be initiated against you.
  • Child Abuse - Being accused of child abuse places your freedom, reputation, relationships, career, and access to your children at risk. Child abuse is a serious crime and a compelling defense is vital to protect your rights, your freedom, and your quality of life.
  • Aggravated Felonies - Aggravated felonies are those crimes which can have a significant effect on your freedom. Which crimes are considered aggravated felonies continues to change and may also differ for certain crimes depending on the circumstances of the specific incident in question.
  • Drug Crimes - Drug crimes can involve possession, sales, cultivation or manufacturing, transportation, importation, trafficking, prescription fraud and drug conspiracy. Depending on the circumstances, certain drug crimes may be considered federal crimes or felonies and may result in a prison sentence.
  • Sex Crimes - Sex crimes include offenses such as rape, sexual assault, child molestation, child pornography, internet sex crimes, prostitution, solicitation, public lewdness, burglary with intent to commit sexual assault and more. As well as imprisonment, consequences can include lifetime registration as a sex offender.
  • Theft Crimes - Theft crimes can include burglary, robbery, shoplifting, breaking and entering, carjacking, larceny, unauthorized use of credit cards and more. In some cases, they may be charged as felonies and could result in a state prison sentence.
  • Violent Crimes - Violent crimes refer to those which involve the use, attempted use or threatened use against another person or their property. Crimes such as murder, manslaughter, assault, domestic violence and aggravated robbery are considered violent crimes. These carry harsh penalties and can have devastating effects on your life and freedom.
  • Domestic Violence - Domestic violence accusations are typically followed up aggressively by law enforcement officers, who can choose to press charges even if the alleged victim does not wish to do so. This places you in a precarious position regarding your rights and the criminal proceedings you face.
  • Firearms Offenses - Firearm offenses include criminal possession of a weapon, unlicensed handgun possession, illegal sale of firearms and more. Many of these offenses are felonies and could land you in prison, not to mention revoke your right to own, carry, or use a firearm anytime in the future.
  • Fraud Related Offenses - Fraud offenses include insider trading, tax fraud, bankruptcy fraud, money laundering, counterfeiting, forgery, identity theft, internet fraud, insurance fraud, health care fraud, mail fraud and more. If you are accused of fraud, you may face federal or felony charges.

Dedicated Criminal Defense for New York Residents

Many of the firm's cases have gained media coverage through many outlets. The founder of the firm, Manuel Portela, has appeared as a guest legal commentator on Court TV, WB WPIX, Channel 11 News and various television news reports. He is also a legal commentator on Spanish network television programs Minerva S.O.S., MicroInternational Television and Contacto. This type of professionalism and expertise on behalf of the firm's attorneys and staff has the highest legal rating possible for professional ability and ethics. The legal team approaches each client and each case with this degree of quality representation and aggressively pursues your best interests in your criminal matters.

If you are an New York resident who has been charged with a crime, then contact our firm right away for a consultation. Call us at (212) 577-9312. Se habla español.

  • Fluent in Spanish & English

  • Former Assistant District Attorney

  • Over 25 Years of Experience

  • Committed to Client Satisfaction

We Help Our Clients Win their Lives Back

See more reviews on Google, Avvo and Yelp!
  • “He is courteous, and professional”


  • “Mr. Portela is a most knowledgeable and competent attorney”

    Former Client

  • “He is an experienced and dedicated attorney.”


  • “Little or no prospect of winning, the Portela Law Firm undertook to represent me”

    Former Client

  • “Highly qualified to handle commercial litigation disputes”

    M.P., Owner of a Commercial Insurance Brokerage Company - Former Client

  • “Mr. Portela is an attorney of high moral character”

    Former Client

  • “I couldn't be more satisfied with the help I received from this firm.”


  • “Nothing short of outstanding”

    Former Client

  • “Mr. Portela is a most knowledgeable and competent attorney”

    Former Client

  • “Manuel Portela is an excellent attorney”


  • “Mr. Portela is highly competed lawyer”


  • “Don't hesitate to contact The Portela Law Firm for guidance”


  • “Mr. Portela came to our rescue. I am very pleased with his services.”

    Mrs. R.R. and S.M.- Former Clients

  • “Excellent pricing, a friendly staff, the experience to answer all your questions”


  • “His diligence, great attention to detail and professionalism situate him among the elite in his field”

    Former Client