Drug Possession with Intent to Sell in Nevada

Beyond a simple drug possession charge, possession with intent to sell is an even more serious offense, involving more severe penalties. No actual sale has to have even taken place. It just has to appear that you were planning to sell drugs, such as the manner in which the drugs are packaged or if you were in possession of drugs in a place known for drug sales. If there are weapons on hand, if there is a considerable stockpile of drugs assumed to be too much for personal use, or if there is a lot of money on you (especially in smaller denominations), then this could be enough to charge you with a felony. This could land you in prison with hefty fines, and then life beyond with a criminal record.

Of course, there are numerous defenses against any of these charges and proofs. It may be possible to argue for other explanations. For example, to get the charge reduced to drug possession, such as in the case of finding a large stash of drugs or money on hand, it is possible to argue that the drugs were for personal use and that you had money for purchasing, not from sales. Other possible defenses include that there was no intent to sell, that the drugs were not even yours, or perhaps the police violated your rights, such as officers not upholding your 4th amendment rights by committing an illegal search and seizure. You may have a ready defense to clear you name, if you have an experienced drug crime attorney who can find and exploit these arguments to win you your freedom.

Penalties for Possession with Intent to Sell in Las Vegas

Schedule I or II Substances

Drugs on this schedule include methamphetamine, ecstasy, heroin, and cocaine. Whatever the sentence, any charges of possession with intent to sell these substances is a felony. That means that even after being released from prison, you would have the record of a convicted felon. For the rest of your life, this fact could foil your every application for a job or for a good place to live. These are not consequences that you can afford to live with.

Here are some of the specific penalties for possession with intent to sell a Schedule I or II substance:

  • First offense—Category D felony: 1 to 4 years in state prison and fines of up to $5,000
  • Second offense—Category C felony: 1 to 5 years prison and up to $10,000 in fines
  • Third offense—Category B felony: 3 to 15 years imprisonment and fines of up to $20,000

Schedule III, IV, or V Substances

These substances include anabolic steroids, valium, and opium. First and second offenses can lead to a category D felony charge, meaning 1 to 4 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000. There may be the option of probation for a first conviction. For 3rd and any additional charges, the offense is a category C felony, resulting in 1 to 5 years imprisonment and up to $10,000 in fines. With any these charges of possession with intent to sell, any conviction could lead to the life-altering consequence of becoming a convicted felon. You cannot afford less than the best representation on your side when the rest of your life is on the line.

Possession with Intent to Sell/Distribute Marijuana in Las Vegas

This is at least a category D felony in Nevada, and sentencing is affected by whether or not you are a repeat offender, and how much marijuana was found in your possession. Here are some of the penalties if you are charged with possession with intent to sell any amount of marijuana:

  • First offense—Category D felony: 1 to 4 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines
  • Second offense—Category C felony: 1 to five years prison and up to $10,000 fines
  • Third and subsequent offense(s)—Category B felony: 3 to 15 years prison and fines of up to $20,000

For possession with intent to sell of any controlled substance, further federal charges could be involved. It is still a category E felony if you are convicted of drug paraphernalia with intent to sell. If you are faced with misdemeanor narcotics charges, then there are less menacing penalties, such as rehab, probation, and community service, but these can still count against you on your record.

Experienced Drug Crime Lawyer in Las Vegas

When you need hard-hitting defense, you can find it at The Brown Law Offices. Drug crime attorney Phil Brown was a prosecutor for 14 years, working on all manner of serious felony cases. Now as a Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer, he brings to every defense the thorough knowledge of how the prosecution operates and how they will argue. This prepares Attorney Brown to be fully prepared to craft the solid defense that could get your charges reduced or dismissed. He further has made himself available so when you are in need of aggressive defense, can you reach our offices. So call today to schedule your free initial consultation and to start retaining a drug crime attorney who can defend your freedom and future.