Crystal Methamphetamine Defense Attorney
Crystal methamphetamine is a frequent target of law enforcement in New York. The simple possession of a small (personal use) quantity is typically prosecuted in state court as a misdemeanor pursuant to NY Penal Law Section 220.03. The possession or trafficking of very large quantities of crystal methamphetamine is oftentimes prosecuted in federal court pursuant to 21 U.S.C. Sections 846 and 841, and can carry significant mandatory minimum penalties depending upon the quantity and the defendant’s criminal record. These federal charges also typically involve presumptive pre-trial detention, meaning that it may be difficult if not impossible to secure a defendant’s release pending trial. Larger-scale trafficking and possession of crystal methamphetamine can also result in New York state Class A-II felony charges for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree (Penal Law 220.18) and/or Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree (Penal Law 220.41).
Matthew Galluzzo has extensive experience defending individuals accused of possessing or trafficking crystal methamphetamine in New York state and federal courts. His clients have gotten great results in these matters. For example, on several occasions, Mr. Galluzzo has negotiated outright dismissals of serious felony charges in exchange for participation in drug rehabilitation programs. In multiple federal cases involving the trafficking of many kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, he earned his clients sentences far below those called for by the Sentencing Guidelines. In short, his track record with these sorts of matters is second to none.
Many individuals arrested for these sorts of offenses have addictions to crystal meth. Mr. Galluzzo has worked with clinicians on many occasions to help his clients beat their addictions and regain their sobriety. He has successfully referred clients to programs like Crystal Clear in Manhattan, for example, a unique group-therapy program for crystal meth addicts run through Mt. Sinai Hospital, and knows the program’s director. A client’s health and safety is always Mr. Galluzzo’s foremost concern, but he finds that clients oftentimes help themselves significantly with respect to their criminal cases when they demonstrate a sincere desire to reform and get sober.
Matthew Galluzzo is also a longtime ally of the LGBT community, and has proudly represented individuals all across the gender and sexual preference spectrum. If you or a loved one have been arrested for a crime involving crystal methamphetamine, you should strongly consider retaining him to assist you.