James Kilduff Lawyer

New York City Lawyer

About James Kilduff Lawyer

As a senior trial lawyer at Lazzaro Law Firm, James Kilduff oversees criminal defense cases in New York City and its surrounding areas. He is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York as well as the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the State of New Jersey. During litigation, lawyer James Kilduff is responsible for motions, trials, and evidence suppression hearings for felony and misdemeanor cases. His practice is focused on defending individuals accused of drug crimes, as well as crimes like assault, burglary, and robbery. He also defends corporations at administrative hearings with agencies like the New York State Liquor Authority and the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs.

James Kilduff earned his bachelor of science at Fordham University's College of Business Administration in 1983. He went on to earn his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 1996 and began practicing law in 1997.

Potential Change to Marijuana Laws in New York State

James Kilduff, a lawyer based in New York City, has represented numerous clients charged with marijuana-related offenses. James Kilduff has also served as a defense lawyer for many people accused of criminal possession and sale of controlled dangerous substances in all five boroughs.

In early 2014, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced his plan to legalize the use of marijuana by individuals with cancer and other critical illnesses. The plan would restrict legal distribution of the drug to hospitals alone and would involve the careful monitoring and assessment of the program. Already, however, many proponents of medical marijuana legalization are warning that the plan does not go far enough.

Because the plan would give hospitals the authority to decide who receives the drug, many suggest that some patients who could benefit from it would not have access. Others claim that the plan does not allow for access to certain strains of marijuana, such as the seizure-combating version known as Charlotte's Web oil. Assembly member Richard Gottfried, an advocate of medical marijuana legalization, admits that these concerns do have merit, but also suggests that the program may serve as a step forward to more comprehensive access. Governor Cuomo plans in the near future to bring his program before the legislature, where support is gradually growing for medical legalization.

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