FORMER PROSECUTOR with over 20 plus years of experience. Luigi has handled thousands of loaded weapon cases as both a NYS Prosecutor and as a criminal defense attorney. He has handled virtually every kind of weapon charge imaginable including weapons that were used during the course of a violent felony.
Like every kind of case, gun charges are extremely nuanced and require an intimate knowledge of the relevant issues. An attorney needs to understand how to read ballistic reports and needs to know that lack of operability may be a defense. In addition to that, because guns are often found during a search and seizure, it is imperative that a lawyer understands the Fourth Amendment search and seizure rules, how pretrial suppression hearings work, how to write and argue motions to suppress evidence and dismiss charges in case prosecutors will not consent to hearings and how to create a reasonable doubt if cases go to trial. Also, an attorney should understand how fingerprint and DNA evidence works and how to potentially exploit that evidence to one’s advantage.
Luigi has had tons of gun cases dismissed or significantly reduced so that the client does not receive a criminal record. In many instances, guns can be thrown out because of a bad search. In other cases, the facts are such that we can convince prosecutors that their evidence isn’t strong and that they should significantly reduce the charges. Whatever the strategy is, loaded weapon cases can have a significant impact on your freedom, career, family life and reputation.
Clients should feel confident that while plea bargaining of a case is always the first strategy to resolve a matter, if clients wish to fight their cases by not pleading guilty, Luigi has the ability, expertise and experience of litigating both Misdemeanor and Felony weapons cases with a high rate of success.