Cocaine and Other Drug Offenses

Conviction of a Schenectady businessman in a cocaine case

Schenectady businessman Civitello Sr., his son Jeffrey Civitello Jr. and Mafia-linked New Jersey man Richard Sinde were convicted of all charges in a four-count indictment. The charge included trafficking $40,000-a-kilo packages of cocaine.

Drug offenses can ruin your life and devastate your family

As the press release by U.S. Attorneys Northern District of New York reports on Apr 26, 2023, following the jury’s verdict, Sinde and Civitello Sr. were remanded to custody.  Civitello Jr. has been in custody since October 21, 2021, on another charge unrelated to this case.

United States District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino will sentence the Civitellos on September 6, and will sentence Sinde on September 8.  Each man faces at least 10 years and up to life in prison, as well as at least 5 years of post-imprisonment supervised release.

Every guilty person must be punished, and every innocent person must not be condemned.

In 1895, the U.S. Supreme Court stated, “it is better to let the crime of a guilty person go unpunished than to condemn the innocent.” While the criminal justice system must ensure that the guilty are punished so that we live in a peaceful, crime-free society, it must also ensure that no innocent is punished for a crime he or she never committed.

If you have been charged with a false drug offense, you have a right to prove your innocence before a court of law. You need a competent lawyer to help you through the process of our criminal justice system to prove your innocence.

You need an experienced lawyer to deal with your drug offense case.

For years, attorney Joel Silberman served as an assistant prosecutor with the Hudson County prosecutor’s office. During this time, Attorney Joel litigated hundreds of cases and appeared before the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division, on multiple occasions.

If you have been charged with cocaine and other drug related offenses, the Law Offices of Joel Silberman, LLC, can help you prove your innocence. You need to act fast. Call us at 201-420-1913 or email us at