Las Vegas Drug Offense Attorney
Defending Those Accused of Drug Crimes
If you are facing criminal charges at the state level related to illegal drugs or controlled substances, it is crucial that you have competent legal representation. The Las Vegas criminal lawyer at the Brown Law Offices can help you with any drug-related charge, from simple possession of
marijuana to more complicated offenses involving intent to sell and distribution of controlled substances. Because of his former experience as a Chief Deputy District Attorney in Clark County, Phil Brown is intimately familiar with how prosecutors develop their cases against you and can use his inside knowledge in constructing a competent and effective defense strategy on your behalf.
Drug Offense Cases in Las Vegas
The state of Nevada is not lax on drug enforcement. Whether you are an adult or a juvenile, Nevada has some of the harshest punishments for drug offenders in the U.S. It remains the last state to utilize mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines for the possession of marijuana, though less than one ounce found in the possession of a person aged 18 or older is only charged as a misdemeanor.
The least-serious drug crimes in Nevada are the possession of drugs for personal use only. If you are charged with a first offense of this kind, you may be able to have the case dismissed if you
Drug Court, which is a rehabilitation program that keeps you out of prison and avoids a criminal conviction. This is a probation program that generally lasts a year. Possessing illegal drugs with the intent to sell them carries severe penalties that may involve long prison sentences and heavy fines. These offenses are serious felonies which will result in a criminal record if you are convicted, which can negatively affect your future.
How a Las Vegas Drug Offense Attorney Could Help
With the competent assistance of the Las Vegas drug crimes attorney at our firm, however, you may be able to get these charges dismissed or reduced in some cases. You can be charged with a felony for intent to sell even if you have not made any drug sales merely by possessing a large quantity of these drugs or related paraphernalia. Drug crimes also
prescription fraud as well.
In the state of Nevada, cocaine is categorized as dangerous Schedule II substance. As a Schedule II substance, cocaine is highly addictive and continued abuse may leave the user with lasting physical and psychological damage and dependence. If an individual is caught possessing, selling, or trafficking cocaine, they will be arrested immediately and charged with a felony offense.
Drug cultivation is a felony charge that can mean years in prison, plus hefty fines. Even if the seeds of a controlled substance are found in your possession, you could be in hot water. You could find yourself in increasing trouble if you are faced with federal drug charges, and a marijuana grow house found near children can further escalate the potential penalties.
Drug trafficking refers to possessing, selling, manufacturing, delivering, or bringing large quantities of Schedule I and II drugs into the state and is considered the most serious drug offense. Heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, PCP, GHB, hydrocodone, marijuana, and ecstasy are commonly involved in drug trafficking cases. The penalties for drug trafficking depend on the type of drug involved in the case.
Having in your possession any form of drug paraphernalia including wired cigarette papers, bongs, certain pipes or anything else used to make, use or conceal certain controlled substances is illegal. Facing
for something like this could land you in jail and cost you thousands in fines.
Possessing a drug – such as marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, or any type of club drug – is a criminalized by state and federal laws. Depending on the type and amount of drug involved in a possession case, drug possession penalties can be mild or severe. In Nevada, an individual may be charged with drug possession in a variety of circumstances. For instance, drug possession does not necessarily involved direct, physical control over the drug.
As Schedule I drug, ecstasy has a high potential for abuse and is not accepted for medical treatment in the United States. This narcotic used by referred to as MDMA, and is taken very seriously by law enforcement. If a person is caught in possession of ecstasy, they may be penalized harshly. Many ecstasy-related cases end in long prison sentences and extremely high fines.
Federal Drug Offenses
Drug possession of a controlled substance, such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine is considered a federal offense. In most cases, individuals convicted of a federal drug offense may be subject to extreme fines and long prison sentences. If an individual is caught with more than a designated amount of any drug, they may be charged with the intent to sell and traffic the controlled substance.
As a Schedule I controlled substance, heroin is highly addictive, unsafe, and not acceptable for any type of medical use. It is illegal for any person to manufacture, distribute, dispense, or possess heroin. Heroin is taken extremely seriously by Nevada law enforcement. Even possessing the drug can result in felony allegations. If convicted of heroin possession, an individual may lose their job and have great difficulty finding employment in the future.
Ketamine is used in human and veterinarian medicine, primarily for anesthesia uses. Recreationally, Ketamine is often compared to PCP and is classified as a Schedule III controlled substance, a category E felony in Nevada when possessed or sold illegally.
Because of its popularity, marijuana possession is taken very seriously in Nevada. It is illegal and can easily lead a drug possession conviction and jail time. Because marijuana is legally used in certain medical situations, its legality is controversial. Even still, law enforcement will punish marijuana drug offenses to the fullest extent. Growing marijuana often results in jail time and harsh fines.
There is a legally sanctioned use of medical marijuana in Nevada. That being said, if you need marijuana for medical treatment but are not in the registry, you may still have to defend marijuana charges. Even if you do have a prescription and are in the registry, you may find yourself with marijuana charges all the same. An undeserved marijuana charge carries the potential for prison sentences and hefty fines, not to mention a stain on your record.
Methamphetamine, more commonly referred to as "meth" is a highly addictive and dangerous controlled substance. Possessing meth can easily result in a prison sentence and is considered a felony. Because it is so dangerous,even first time offenders may be prosecuted harshly for possession of meth. If you are charged with a drug crime involving meth, finding an aggressive defense attorney is imperative.
Music Festival Arrests
Music festivals such as the Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) can draw hundreds of thousands of people to Las Vegas, but they can also be associated with a high number of drug arrests when police crackdown at these world-famous events. If you were arrested on a drug violation at a music festival, Brown Law Offices can help!
Night Club Arrests
Las Vegas night clubs throw exciting parties and events. However, these venues often attract controlled substances. Many drug possession and drug trafficking arrests take place at night clubs. Ecstasy, cocaine, methamphetamine, GHB, and heroin are some of the most common drugs found in night clubs. Although night clubs advertise their events as a party where anything goes, law enforcement is aware of the presence of illegal drugs and will prosecute offenders harshly.
Oxycodone and OxcyContin are powerful pain killers that have a high potential for abuse because of their highly addictive qualities. When Oxycodone is possessed illegally, it is a felony offense in Nevada, punishable by up to a $5,000f fine with the possibility of imprisonment.
Phencyclidine is a federal Schedule II controlled substance. State level charges can mean years in jail, plus fines. Federal charges can lead to decades in prison and even millions of dollars in fines, and that just for a first offense.
Pool Party Arrests
During the summer months, many Las Vegas casinos and hotels sponsor pool parties. While these parties are full of alcohol, scantily clad women, and other forms of Las Vegas style entertainment, they also attract drug trafficking, drug possession, and other drug related crimes. Law enforcement is aware of this reputation and takes pool party arrests very seriously.
Possession with Intent to Sell
No sale has to occur for there to be a charge of possession with intent to sell a controlled substance. This offense is usually a felony charge, whether the substance was cocaine, steroids, marijuana, or some other substance, meaning years in prison and extensive fines, then life as a convicted felon.
Transportation / Distribution of a Controlled Substance
Transportation/distribution of controlled substances often results in harsh legal ramifications. If convicted, a person found guilty of transporting or distributing illegal drugs may easily face prison time or extreme fines.
Contact a Las Vegas drug offense lawyer
from our offices for a consultation about your case today.