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DUI Defense

Strong-Willed and Experienced New York DUI Defense Lawyer

Passionate Defense of Your Rights and Future – New York DWI Attorney


If you are driving home from a sporting event or family outing, the sudden appearance of flashing lights in your rearview mirror will instantly instill stress if not outright panic.  However, many people asked to perform field sobriety and chemical tests of blood alcohol concentration (BAC) successfully avoid the consequences of a DUI/DWI conviction.  These penalties might include incarceration, significant fines and costs, a driver’s license suspension/revocation, mandatory participation in classes and treatment programs, a criminal record, and more.


Defense Strategies Designed to Shield Drivers from Harsh DUI Penalties


Although some people elect not to retain a private DUI defense attorney and fight DUI charges, their decision often is based on the assumption that the evidence in DUI/DWI cases is based on sound science, so a conviction is inevitable.  Experienced New York DUI lawyer Michael E. Talassazan knows that nothing could be further from the truth.  Mr. Talassazan has earned the moniker of “Rising Star” from the Thompson-Reuters publication Super Lawyers and numerous 5-Star reviews from former clients by successfully seeking dismissals, acquittals, and desirable reductions in charges or sentences.  Our law firm carefully investigates every aspect of a client’s interaction with law enforcement from the moment the officer notices our client through the booking process back at the police station.  At the Law Offices of Michael E. Talassazan, we have obtained successful results for our clients facing DUI and DWI charges through a range of strategies that include:


  • Challenging the legal basis for the initial stop
  • Attacking the reliability and credibility of the officer’s observations
  • Exposing the inherent inaccuracy of FSTs in revealing alcohol-impairment
  • Explaining factors that interfered with our client’s performance in FSTs (e.g. illness, obesity, injury, confining clothing, proximity to traffic, darkness, etc.)
  • Establishing failure to calibrate and perform maintenance of the breath testing device
  • Identifying contamination of a blood testing specimen
  • Revealing the use of expired chemicals or improper mixing of blood and chemicals
  • Seeking suppression of incriminating statements (e.g. “I only had a couple of drinks.”)
  • Arguing a Driver’s BAC rose between the time of a stop and administration of a BAC test
  • Revealing a failure to properly observe a waiting period before administering a breath test (i.e. inaccurate results because of unmetabolized “mouth alcohol”)


These are merely a few of the defenses that Mr. Talassazan might use to seek a dismissal of your case, reduced charges, or an acquittal at trial.  As an experienced DUI defense lawyer, Mr. Talassazan recognizes that much of the evidence used in DUI cases is based on “junk science,” so he helps the judge and jury understand the inherent weakness and unreliability of FSTs and chemical testing of breath, blood, or urine.


Why Time Is of the Essence When Retaining an Experienced NYC DUI Defense Attorney


When you are arrested for DUI in New York, you will be involved in two separate cases – (1) the criminal case involving a conviction, dismissal, or acquittal of charges, and (2) a DMV case involving suspension of your driver’s license.  If you retain our law firm promptly, we can assist you at your DMV hearing, which provides an opportunity to obtain a preview of the evidence that might be presented in the criminal case against you.  Our law firm can challenge the evidence in your license suspensions hearing to fight for your driving privileges while beginning to analyze and dissect the prosecutor’s criminal case.  Mr. Talasszazan also conducts a thorough investigation and review of all law enforcement documents, as well as dash cam and police station video footage.  This early intervention often reveals weaknesses in the prosecutor’s case that might be used to avoid the formal filing of charges or result in a less serious charge or fewer charges.


Some of the DUI/DWI-related cases we handle include, without limitation:


  • Driving While Intoxicated (DWI based on BAC of .08 percent or above);
  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI based on actual impairment of driving ability)
  • First Offense DUI/DWI;
  • Zero Tolerance Law (Driver under 21 with a BAC .02 to .07 percent);
  • Commercial License DWI;
  • Aggravated DWI (BAC of .18 percent or higher);
  • Chemical Test Refusals;
  • Driving While Ability Impaired by Alcohol (DWAI/Alcohol BAC above .05 but below .07 percent);
  • Driving While Ability Impaired by a Single Drug other than Alcohol (DWAI/Drug);
  • Driving While Ability Impaired by a Combined Influence of Drugs or Alcohol; (DWAI/Combination);
  • Leandra’s Law (DUI/DWI with a child passenger under age 16); and
  • Out-Of-State DUI/DWI.


Contact the Law Offices of Michael E. Talassazan


Our New York DUI defense lawyers are prepared to fiercely defend the rights, liberty, and reputation of our clients.  The Law Offices of Michael E. Talassazan provides over a decade of legal experience.  We represent clients in all DUI matters 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.