Photo of attorney Luke Scardigno
Strong Criminal Defense

Experienced, Dedicated And Ready To Protect Your Rights

Vigorous Defense In Drug Possession Cases

Contrary to what many people believe, the consequences of a marijuana possession or sale charge can be severe. A conviction for such a crime can result in fines, mandatory rehab, possible jail time and a permanent criminal record. Possession of eight ounces or more of marijuana is a felony charge in New York, and a conviction can result in up to 15 years of imprisonment.

It is for this reason that you need the best possible criminal defense representation when facing such charges. At the Law Office of Luke Scardigno, I understand the steps to take to minimize criminal penalties, and in some instances, obtain a dismissal of the charges when eligible. I will fight for you and work toward preventing all short- and long-term consequences, including a permanent criminal record.

The Serious Nature Of Marijuana Drug Charges

Criminal charges involving marijuana or other controlled substances can leave you with a criminal record for the rest of your life. It can lead to the loss of your job or trigger serious immigration consequences if you are not a United States citizen. Even legal permanent residents face immigration consequences regarding marijuana and other drug charges.

With more than 25 years of criminal defense experience in New York, I am well-versed in defending individuals charged with marijuana and other drug possession or sale charges. I know the laws and understand how to protect your rights. I can advise you regarding the immigration, criminal and other consequences you face due to these charges.

Protecting You Rights When Facing Drug Possession And Distribution Charges

Marijuana and other drug possession or sale charges can lead to misdemeanor or felony charges, depending on the amount you were accused of possessing or selling. However, New York authorities treat the sale of drugs or marijuana much more seriously than possession charges.

When accused of sale or distribution of marijuana, or any type of drug, you can spend time in jail, face fines of hundreds or thousands of dollars, and possibly be deported if you are not a U.S. citizen. The severity of the charges varies based upon the circumstances, the weight of the substances, whether it is possession or sale, and whether you have a prior criminal record. It is important to hire a lawyer who can provide the aggressive defense you need to defend against all charges and to minimize the consequences you face.

As your criminal defense attorney, I will be by your side from the initial questioning and arrest through the finalization of your case. I will thoroughly investigate the evidence in your case. I will question police reports and challenge claims that have little merit.

Was There Probable Cause?

An important part of my representation will be to examine why the police stop, search and seizure occurred to begin with. It is your constitutional right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure from law enforcement. There must be reasonable suspicion or probable cause under the law to support a legal search and seizure of a person or property. If law enforcement officers obtain evidence by violating your search and seizure rights, I will file a motion to suppress this from the record, which in some circumstances can lead to a dismissal of the charges.

Through my thorough investigation, commitment to your rights and protection, and skillful execution of a well-prepared defense, it is possible that you can achieve a favorable outcome in your case.

Criminal Possession Or Sale Of A Controlled Substance

Whether charged with possession or sale of cocaine, heroin, Xanax or some other controlled substance, you will need an experienced criminal attorney who is familiar with the defense of these types of criminal charges.

Criminal possession of a controlled substance charge may result in either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances and the weight of the substance involved. Criminal sale of a controlled substance, on the other hand, always results in felony charges. Either way, a conviction of either a misdemeanor or a felony on your criminal record is a serious matter. If charged with any of these crimes, you should contact me to discuss possible defenses and alternatives that possibly can avoid you having a criminal record.

Contact My Law Office Today

Call 718-414-6186 or contact me online to schedule a free and immediate initial consultation when facing arrest for marijuana or other drug crimes in Queens or any New York City borough, or Nassau, Suffolk or Westchester counties. My office is located near the Queens Criminal Courthouse, which is located on Queens Boulevard in Kew Gardens.

Spanish and Italian language services are available.