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Protecting Your Freedom & Your Future – NYC Criminal Defense Attorney


Whether you have been formally arrested and charged with a misdemeanor or felony, or you are the target of a law enforcement investigation, prompt legal representation can safeguard your rights during interrogations, searches, and police lineups.  At the Law Offices of Michael E. Talassazan, we recognize that the immediate consequences of a criminal conviction can include jail or prison, significant fines, mandatory counseling or classes, loss of driving privileges, a criminal record, probation, and other penalties.  Our tenacious attitude is based on the recognition that these penalties are compounded by long-term consequences that include an adverse impact on immigration privileges, rental housing options, employment opportunities, and academic pursuits.  With so much at stake, we know our clients cannot afford to accept less than a law firm willing to place the conduct of law enforcement under a microscope while dissecting and eviscerating the prosecutor’s case.


New York criminal defense lawyer Michael E. Talassazan has a reputation with prosecutors, judges, and clients formerly facing charges as an attorney prepared to fight for a dismissal or acquittal rather than accept the standard plea offer from the prosecutor.  Mr. Talassazan knows that any attorney can walk into court and accept the plea offer from a prosecutor, his clients retain his services to fight for their liberty and reputation, which is why they retain a criminal litigator in the first place.  While he will enter into plea discussions, these negotiations must be conducted from a position of strength based on careful investigation and analysis of police procedures, relevant evidence, and witness credibility.


Potential Defenses Top New York Criminal Defense Attorneys Might Use to Fight for You


Although the defenses appropriate in your criminal case will depend on the nature of the charges and surrounding circumstances, Mr. Talassazan will tenaciously defend your rights under state and federal law while working toward the best possible disposition of your case.  Some defense tactics that Mr. Talassazan might employ include:


  • Seeking suppression of evidence illegal obtained
  • Exposing improper searches (e.g. warrantless search without valid exception, execution of a search beyond the scope of the warrant, misrepresentations in the warrant application, insufficient evidence to constitute probable cause, etc.)
  • Moving for exclusion of incriminating statements that are involuntary or in violation of Miranda requirements
  • Establishing his client lacked the specific criminal intent to be held responsible for the offense
  • Attacking the credibility of witnesses based on dishonesty, bias, inconsistency, or other grounds
  • Uncovering errors in the gathering, transportation, handling, and testing of forensic evidence (e.g. chain of custody issues, contamination, etc.)
  • Introduction of an alibi or demonstrating a lack of opportunity to commit the offense based on the prosecutor’s timeline
  • Demonstrating the prosecutor failed to prove the offense beyond a reasonable doubt


Our law firm uses these defenses and more when we defend individuals up against the virtually unlimited resources of New York law enforcement agencies and prosecutors.  While our defense strategy will be customized to your unique situation, our goal is to obtain the best result for our client whether that is a dismissal of charges, acquittal following trial, or a favorable plea bargain.


Representing Individuals Charged with Felonies, Misdemeanors & Serious Traffic Offenses


Our law firm provides over a decade of legal experience and successful outcomes.  Mr. Talassazan has received the endorsement of other attorneys and dozens of 5-Star reviews from clients on multiple websites, as well as acknowledgment as a “Rising Star” by the Thompson-Reuter publication Super Lawyers.  Some of the criminal charges we handle include:


  • Assault
  • Burglary/Robbery
  • Criminal Appellate Practice
  • Cyber Crimes
  • Driving Offenses (operator with revoked/suspended license)
  • Drug Crimes
  • Domestic Violence Offenses
  • DWI Crimes
  • Federal Charges
  • Forfeiture & Seizure Proceedings
  • Fraud (Credit card, Internet, Tax, Mortgage, etc.)
  • Harassment
  • Manslaughter
  • Marijuana (possession, sale, cultivation)
  • Murder
  • Parole & Probation Violations
  • Petit Larceny
  • Rape
  • Sex Crimes
  • Sexual Assault
  • Traffic Offenses
  • Violations of Orders of Protection
  • Violent Crimes
  • Weapons Charges
  • White Collar Crimes


Contact the Law Offices of Michael E. Talassazan


The Law Offices of Michael E. Talassazan provides over a decade of legal experience.  We represent individuals charged with drug offenses in New York, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Bronx, Long Island, as well as Nassau and Suffolk counties.  We also offer free consultations, so contact us today at (917) 768-1155 or by email (info@topattorneynyc.com) to schedule your initial no obligation consultation.