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Exposing Overzealous Law Enforcement Officers & Prosecutors – New York Narcotics Defense Attorney


New York law enforcement officers and prosecutors take drug offenses very seriously, so you should immediately assert your right to counsel and refuse to talk to the police if you are arrested.  Rikers Island Prison is full of people who thought they could talk their way out of a drug conviction.


Experienced drug defense lawyer Michael E. Talassazan dissects the actions of law enforcement to identify procedural improprieties and violations of his clients’ rights.  Mr. Talassazan has developed a reputation for taking cases to trial rather than accepting a standard plea offer.  We recognize that the immediate penalties of jail/prison time, stiff fines, a misdemeanor/felony record, asset seizures, and more can damage your family, career, and reputation.  These things are worth fighting to preserve, so Mr. Talassazan works with private investigators and independent labs while analyzing all of the facts and circumstances of his clients’ cases to develop an effective defense strategy.


Offering the Skill and Legal Acumen to Handle the Full Spectrum of Drug Offenses


Our law firm provides a diligent defense of all drug crimes from simple possession to drug trafficking of heroin or cocaine.  Some of the drug crimes and aggravating factors we handle include:


  • Simple Possession
  • Drug Manufacturing
  • Drug Distribution
  • Marijuana Possession
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance
  • Participation in a Conspiracy
  • Driving While Ability Impaired
  • Proximity to a School Zone
  • Repeat Offenses
  • Intent to Distribute
  • Paraphernalia
  • Drug Smuggling or Drug Trafficking
  • Federal Narcotics Charges
  • Use of a Weapon in Connection with a Drug Offense


Defense Strategies in New York Drug Crimes Cases


While the defense strategy our law firm will use to defend your freedom and reputation will depend on the specific charges and surrounding facts and circumstances, some of the defenses we might use could include:


  • Seeking suppression of drugs or other evidence obtained in an unlawful search of your person, car, home, or business
  • Arguing possession for personal use rather than distribution
  • Suppression of illegally obtained incriminating statements
  • Proving lack of control over or knowledge of the drugs
  • Attacking the credibility of witnesses
  • Revealing chain of custody violations involving the drugs
  • Exposing unreliable lab testing results
  • Revealing failure of the prosecutor to prove every element of the offense
  • Establishing inconsistencies regarding the amount (simple possession v. intent to distribute)


Admittedly, this list only includes a small sampling of the potential defense strategies New York drug crimes lawyer Michael E. Tassazan might employ to obtain a dismissal of your charges or an acquittal at trial.  In appropriate cases, Mr. Tasassazan might seek a favorable plea agreement, which could involve drug treatment and rehabilitation rather than incarceration.  However, our first consideration always involves a thorough analysis of options to obtain an acquittal or dismissal.


Federal Drug Charges Make Skilled Legal Representation Especially Important


Federal drug charges in New York, which tend to involve more serious drug offenses like manufacturing and trafficking, make it especially important that you seek immediate legal advice.  Federal drug offenders are subject to the harsh federal sentencing guidelines, which include tough mandatory minimum sentences.


Contact the Law Offices of Michael E. Talassazan


Our New York narcotics defense attorney represents individuals charged with crimes involving all illegal substances, including the following:


  • Marijuana
  • Crystal Meth
  • Cocaine/Crack
  • LSD
  • Heroin
  • Ecstasy


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.