Some of the harshest drug laws in the nation exist in Nevada, and law enforcement officers enforce those laws diligently. Drug Crimes charges in Nevada are very serious, and a conviction can result in severe penalties such as prison as well as like time in jail and steep fines.
Drug Crimes in Las Vegas
Considered drug crimes, the following offenses can have grave consequences in Nevada.
- Controlled substances possession
- Doctor shopping or prescription fraud
- Trafficking in drugs
- Possession of drugs with the intent to sell
- Possession of paraphernalia for drugs
- Driving under the influence of drugs
- Marijuana possession
Some of the drug offenses may result in federal drug charges as well.
Penalties for Conviction of Drug Possession
The type and amount of drugs you allegedly possess and whether you have prior convictions determine the penalties for a judgment of drug possession in Nevada.
If this is your first drug possession charge, an experienced criminal defense attorney may be able to get your case dismissed. Penalties for a first-time conviction of drug crimes, depending on the type and amount of the drug, include a suspended jail sentence, community service, and probation
Ensuing drug-possession crimes have classifications of Category B, D or Category E felonies. Schedule V substances such as Flunitrazepam (Rohypnol) and Gamma-Hydroxybutyric Acid (GHB) are Category B felonies carrying one to six years in State prison. The penalty for a Category D felony conviction is a Nevada state prison term of one to four years along with up to $20,000 in fines. A Category E felony penalty, is mandatory supervised probation and a suspended prison term of one to four years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines. Charges and penalties may vary according to mitigating or aggravating circumstances.
The amount of drugs you possess and other factors determine whether an officer believes you intend to sell the narcotics. A prosecutor may charge you with attempting to sell or distribute drugs if a law officer finds you with a large supply of drugs or you:
- Carry a gun or other weapon
- Have a large amount of cash
- Are in an area often used by drug dealers
- Have baggies or a scale apparently used to distribute drugs
Penalties for Conviction of Drug Trafficking
The intention to sell schedule I drugs weighing between 4 and 14 grams is a Category B crime with a penalty of a Nevada state prison term from 1 to 6 years and up to $50,000 in fines. Attempting to sell 14 to 28 grams of drugs is also a Category B offense, penalized by a Nevada state prison term from 2 to 15 years and up to $100,000 in fines. Intending to sell 28 grams or more of drugs is a Category A crime and carries a penalty of a Nevada state prison term from 25 years to life and a $500,000 fine. These sentences are only probationable under extremely limited circumstances.
Conviction of a narcotics crime can remain on your criminal record permanently and cause problems for you in the future. The sentence can affect your eligibility for employment, loans and admission to better schools as well as your reputation. A competent defense attorney can help you understand the charges and their consequences.
A good defense is imperative if you face drug charges, and it is important to start building your case early. Contact Weiner Law Group to get help from one of the best defense attorneys in the area. We are adamant about protecting your rights, and the personal relationship we have with judges, prosecutors and law enforcement officers in Clark County is a valuable asset in that pursuit.
You may be innocent of the drug crimes, and we can help get your case dismissed. As the State must prove you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, a diligent well planned defense may prevent the prosecution from being able to achieve this goal and result in the you being found not guilty; regardless of any possible criminal actions on your part. This is the result an experienced and knowledgeable by forcing strict compliance by the State with both the law and Court procedure regarding the evidence they wish to present against you.
Some of the defenses we may use in your case include requiring the plaintiffs to prove that:
- They did not violate your rights by entrapment, illegal search and seizure or failure to administer your Miranda rights
- You actually had possession, custody or control of the drugs and they didn’t belong to someone else
- You definitely had the intention of selling the drugs
- The drugs have been tested and are what the State claims, in terms of type and weight and no errors were committed by the Police lab
- That the State can account for the evidence’s location at all times and there is no “break in the chain of custody”
Call Weiner Law Group today at 702-202-0500 as there may be other, more effective methods to employ, which we can determine when we consult with you. After carefully studying all the facts and details of your case, we will help you decide which approach is best for your defense.