Michael A. Delakas is a sole practitioner who practices primarily in New York City and the outlying boroughs of the Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn. Michael makes house calls and is available on weekends and evenings as a matter of convenience. Michael is available via text for emergencies.
Michael is a former NYPD Detective and Government Investigator. Additionally, he worked in various District Attorney's offices while in law school. He is familiar with how the system works on both sides of the legal system.
Michael firmly believes that happy clients make for healthy Business. Michael recognizes that communication is one of the most important elements in maintaining a healthy, productive attorney-client relationship. He therefore promptly returns client's phone calls, and keeps clients informed at every stage of their legal matter.
100-17 Northern Blvd
Corona, NY 11368
Michael Delakas has worked in connection with law enforcement and the criminal justice system in New York in one way or another since 1987. It was the logical choice to pursue a practice area of criminal defense, police misconduct and immigration law.
Prior to entering law school, Michael served for ten years as an officer in the New York City Police Department. His tenure on the force included assignments in the 34th Precinct and in the 32nd Precinct in Harlem. After ten years on the force as an officer, Michael was promoted to Detective and assigned to the Organized Crime Control Bureau, Narcotics Division. Michael worked the Lower East Side as an undercover for three years buying drugs from street and mid-level dealers. He then stayed on in Narcotics as an Investigator.
After retiring from the force, Michael spent seven years as a contract investigator for the United States Immigration Customs Enforcement Border Patrol and Personnel Management. He also worked as an armed bodyguard and in retail security and nightclub security, while at the same time attending law school at Hofstra University School of Law. His legal experience includes summer internships and externships with a criminal court judge, the Miami-Dade State Attorney's office, and the Nassau County Prosecutor's office, where he prosecuted his own cases as a third-year law student.
As a sole practitioner, my goal is to provide my clients both quality legal assistance and quality customer service.
I know that communication is one of the most important elements in maintaining a healthy, productive attorney-client relationship.
I, therefore, promptly return all my client's phone calls, and keep my clients informed at every stage of their legal matter.
Unlike many attorneys, who consider their client's questions a nuisance, I enjoy taking the time to educate my clients about the legal process and their particular legal matter so that they can be part of the decision making process.
My father was a merchant marine and traveled extensively. When he decided to settle down, by default so did I. I grew up in New York City and seen the changes that came along with it.
After graduating college, I enrolled in New York City Police Academy. The "job" was different back then. Without the neighborhood, the Police could not do their job. The Police gave people breaks, and knew who the real "bad guys" were. Those days do not exist anymore.
Unfortunately, I was injured and forced to retire. What to do? I wanted to go to some South Pacific island and teach scuba diving to tourists wearing flip flops and a sarong. Then reality kicked in.
I worked as a contract investigator for ICE, US Customs, and the Office of Personnel Management. That didn't fulfill me so I decided law school.
In law school I worked for the Miami- Dade State Attorney's Office and the Nassau County District Attorney's Office, thinking that being a prosecutor was the way to go. However, those changes I saw growing up led me on another path, and have been there ever since.
I decided to practice criminal defense, police misconduct and immigration law. As the times have changed, maybe I can make a change for the better for someone who needs it.
Hofstra School of Law
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