Criminal Defense

Insightful Defense Guidance from a Former Prosecutor

If you have been arrested, it is important that you take action immediately. Whether you have been charged with DWI, or a more serious felony offense, the steps you take immediately after your arrest can dramatically impact your ability to prepare a successful defense against your charges.

I am Tom Melanson, a former prosecutor who offers experienced criminal defense guidance to clients from Albany to White Plains. With more than 15 years of experience on both sides of the criminal justice system, I am able to provide the advice you need to avoid costly mistakes after your arrest.

From the moment you retain my services, I will begin the process of protecting your rights and helping to defend you. To do so, I will:

  • Review every aspect of your case, including the events leading to your arrest, the actions of officers and the evidence against you
  • Evaluate the strength of the prosecution’s case against you
  • Offer advice on your defense options, including exploring alternatives to conviction, negotiating a plea or taking your case to trial

The Experience to Combat a Wide Range of Charges

  • DWI/DWAI. The consequences of a DWI conviction can have a far reaching effect on your life, your finances and even your freedom. I work diligently to ensure that you receive the defense guidance needed to combat the various penalties stemming from a DWI conviction.
  • Drug Crimes. From simple possession to more serious manufacture or distribution charges, I can effectively protect your rights and prepare an aggressive defense against drug charges relating to a wide range of controlled substances.
  • White Collar Crimes. As a former supervising investigator at a high end corporate investigation firm, I am familiar with reviewing and analyzing the many complicated details often associated with a white collar case.
  • Violent Crimes. From assault and battery to murder, I can offer you the guidance needed to defend yourself against charges related to violent crimes.
  • Organized Crimes. My past work with New York’s Organized Crime Task Force gives me unique insight into cases involving drug rings, weapons charges, gambling, racketeering and other offenses suspected to have been perpetrated by organized groups of individuals.
  • Civil Forfeiture. Because of weak laws regarding notice, it is not always immediately clear who is holding and seizing the property. We can help you recover your property as well as defend any criminal charges that are pending.
  • Criminal Appeals. I also offer advice on criminal appeals and can help you review your case for grounds for overturning the conviction.