Virginia Beach lawyer Claude M. Scialdone pleaded guilty yesterday to possession of cocaine.
Scialdone, 65, had disposition of the charge deferred for a year under the Virginia law that applies to first-time drug offenders.
The charge will be dismissed if he gets in no further trouble while undergoing probation and performing 100 hours of community service. His driver’s license also was restricted for a year.
In announcing the plea, Commonwealth’s Attorney Harvey L. Bryant said police found Scialdone next to his car on Indian River Road on Aug. 8 after a city resident called to report that he had seen a car drive into a ditch.
Scialdone appeared to be drunk and was charged with drunken driving, reckless driving and refusing to take a blood or breath test. After he was arrested, police found cocaine in his pants pocket.
He had pleaded guilty earlier to DUI and was given a suspended jail term and fined $250 for that offense.
Virginia Beach Circuit Judge Patricia West cited Scialdone for summary contempt of court in July 2006 because she believed he had falsified a document he attempted to submit in a criminal case. The Supreme Court of Virginia reversed the citation last month because the circumstances required a hearing before Scialdone could be convicted of contempt.
By Alan Cooper