New York City Civil Rights and Criminal Defense Attorney and Matrimonial Lawyer

Attorney Michael A. Delakas focuses his practice primarily on the representation of victims of police and prosecutorial misconduct in New York City and in the representation of individuals charged with DWI or other criminal offenses. In addition, Mr. Delakas aids individuals in the dissolution of marriage under New York matrimonial law.

Police and Prosecutorial Misconduct

The New York City Police Department has come under fire for racial profiling and the way it implements its policy of “stop, question and frisk,” as well as how it responds to complaints of abuse – so much so that the NYPD has come under the scrutiny of a federal court-appointed monitor. Nevertheless, substantiated complaints of misconduct continue to grow. While the City grapples with the monumental task of making institutional changes throughout the Department, citizens must stand up and make their voice heard whenever they are subject to police or prosecutorial misconduct. Civil lawsuits for money damages in New York state court, or in federal court under 42 U.S. 1983 for deprivation of civil rights, are often the most effective way to stop abuse, raise public awareness, and make sure victims of civil rights violations are compensated for the constitutional injuries they have suffered.

Michael Delakas represents victims of many types of police and prosecutorial misconduct, including:

  • False Arrests
  • Malicious Prosecution
  • Racial Profiling
  • Excessive Force
  • Police Brutality
  • Questionable Stop, Question and Frisk
  • Suspended License
  • Other Civil Rights Violations

The police must have probable cause to arrest and hold a person under suspicion of a crime. In many cases, a warrant is required. If you believe you have been improperly subjected to a false or warrantless arrest, police brutality, or other violation of your civil rights, contact Michael A. Delakas, Esq. for immediate assistance. Time is of the essence in these cases. In many instances, notice of a claim must be filed with the proper authority within 90 days, or your claim may be denied.

Criminal Defense and DWI

Michael Delakas spent ten years as a New York City police officer and several more as a detective on the force in the Narcotics division. He has a thorough understanding of police procedure and knows what is required on the part of the police to effect an arrest that will hold up in court with sufficient evidence to convince a jury that the person on trial is guilty of the crime alleged. Mr. Delakas can work with prosecutors to dismiss the charges when they have a weak case, and he is a forceful advocate in court when necessary, making use of all available defenses to achieve the best outcome possible. Michael Delakas represents individuals charged with felonies and misdemeanors under state and federal law, including charges of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI).

Penalties for DWI convictions run deep and are in many ways more serious than other misdemeanors. For instance, the penalties for a first offense DWI can include fines between $500 and $1,000 and up to one year in jail, in addition to having your driver’s license suspended for at least six months. In addition, the court adds surcharges for alcohol-related misdemeanors and felonies anywhere from $260 to $400. If your job requires you to hold a driver’s license, a DWI conviction can cause you to lose your job. In addition, DWI may be considered an ethical violation or “moral offense” sufficient for a governing board to revoke or deny a professional license. Don’t take chances with your future. Contact a skilled and knowledgeable New York City criminal defense attorney after any DWI arrest.


People from all over the world come to America, and New York City in particular, seeking a better life for themselves and their families. Individuals seeking work may apply for immigration in a number of different employment-based categories, but each category has its own set of rules and requirements, along with strict quota limits that are quickly filled each year. Family members wishing to bring over a spouse, parent, child or other relative must likewise meet strict criteria and follow specific procedures, as must individuals wishing to immigrate for the purpose of marriage. Attorney Michael Delakas can help in all of these areas, as well as provide strong representation in deportation and removal defense. As a former law enforcement officer and Customs Enforcement Border Patrol investigator, Michael Delakas is thoroughly familiar with the rights of immigrants in ICE detention, facing deportation proceedings, or involved in the criminal justice system.


With the recent adoption of no-fault divorce in New York, dissolving a marriage is not nearly as challenging as it used to be. However, it is still critical to have a qualified attorney advise and represent you to protect your interests throughout the process and make sure your needs are met now and into the future. Michael Delakas can represent you in the negotiation or litigation of any contested issues in your divorce, including child custody, child support, spousal maintenance (alimony) and the equitable division of marital assets and debts. The family court judge has the authority to make decisions in all of these areas, based upon the weight of the evidence presented and the persuasive arguments made by the lawyers for the divorcing couple. Being represented by a diligent and effective attorney can make all the difference in these important areas which can affect you and your family for years to come.

Contact New York City Attorney Michael Delakas for Your Legal Needs

If you need advice and representation to deal with an incident of police misconduct or an arrest for DWI or other criminal offense, or for help in a New York divorce and related issues, contact Michael A. Delakas in New York City at 212-321-0232 for a free, confidential consultation.

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