Attorney Thomas Melanson, at Your Service

My name is Tom Melanson, and I’ve been handling criminal cases for more than 20 years.

Over the course of my career, I’ve worked as both a criminal prosecutor and defender. I’ve guided the criminally accused through every aspect of the criminal process — from investigation to prosecution at the local, state, and federal levels. In other words, I know the ins and outs of the New York justice system, and I want to use that knowledge to protect your rights and freedom, regardless of what you’ve been accused of.

How I Work with You

Thoroughly Analyze Your Case

When you come to me for help, the first thing I’m going to do is review every aspect of your case — including the events leading up to your arrest, the actions of your arresting officers, and the evidence against you. In addition, I’ll meticulously evaluate the strength of the prosecution’s case against you.

Walk You Through Your Options

Once I’ve conducted my initial analysis of your case, I’ll take the time to clearly explain where you stand and what legal options are available to you. Depending on your situation, this could mean exploring alternatives to conviction, negotiating a plea, or taking your case to trial.

Fight Relentlessly on Your Behalf

My role, as your defense attorney, is to ensure that you understand your rights and options then provide the legal muscle you need to carry out your decisions. After you consider my advice and choose how you want to proceed, I will fight relentlessly to defend you the way you want to be defended.

You are much more than a criminal accusation

Let’s fight to prove it

Criminal Charges I Defend


DWIs are often considered “small time crime,” but in reality they can have a big impact on your life — especially if coupled with more serious charges like vehicular homicide. I’ll explore every avenue to try and get your penalties reduced or dropped.

Drug Crimes

I defend all types of drug charges, including simple possession, drug manufacturing, and drug distribution. If you’ve been accused of a crime involving a controlled substance, call me immediately so we can get to work on your defense.

White Collar Crimes

Have you been charged with embezzlement? Fraud? Money laundering? Another white collar crime? If so, you need a knowledgeable lawyer on your side as soon as possible. Let my unique experience as a supervising investigator work to your benefit.

Violent Crimes

Throughout the course of my career, I’ve successfully defended those accused of all types of violent crimes, including assault, battery, domestic violence, rape, child molestation, and murder.

Organized Crime

Because of my involvement with New York’s Organized Crime Task Force, I’m uniquely capable of defending charges involving drug rings, drug trafficking, weapons offenses, gambling, and racketeering.

Criminal Appeals

It may feel as though a criminal conviction is the end, but that’s not always the case. If you’re interested in learning more about reversing your ruling (or “appealing your conviction”), call me immediately.

Don’t wait to get the help you need

If you have been — or think you might soon be — charged with a criminal offense, don’t wait to see what might happen, and don’t try to plead your case with the police. Doing either of these things will only lead to bigger problems down the road. Instead, contact Melanson Law Office immediately and set up a one-on-one consultation with me.