Las Vegas Cocaine Defense Attorney

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Cocaine, along with other controlled substances in the Schedule I category, are considered highly abusive with no proven medical use. Due to this classification, cocaine is immensely illegal. Even a minor offense is associated with significant repercussions. Unfortunately, sometimes whatever happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas. Not only do cocaine penalties include jail time and fines, but a permanent mark on your criminal record which follows you for the rest of your life.

With more than ten years of legal experience, the Las Vegas legal team at Oronoz, Ericsson & Gaffney LLC is capable of ensuring a worry-free journey back home. The last thing you want to do on your vacation is get convicted of a drug crime, so do not hesitate to seek assistance from our firm.

Charged with Possession?

According to NRS 453.336, knowingly or intentionally possessing a controlled substance without legitimate prescription is against the law. Cocaine is illegal throughout the entire country, so being arrested for possession is associated with harsh penalties.

The possible penalties include:

  • A first offense is considered a Category D felony, which is punishable by a maximum four year prison sentence, a fine of up to $5,000 or both
  • A second offense is a Category C felony, punishable by a maximum five year prison sentence, a fine of up to $10,000 or both
  • A third or consecutive offense is a Class B felony, which carries a three to 15 year maximum prison sentence and a fine of up to $20,000 for each offense

Possession with Intent to Sell

Under NRS 453.322, it is illegal to knowingly or intentionally possess a controlled substance with intent to sell. A cocaine possession with intent to sell charge is typically a Category B felony, punishable by a maximum 15 year prison sentence, a fine of up to $100,000 or both. Law enforcement must determine possession with intent to sell by utilizing a multitude of factors, such as identifying packaging materials or large amounts of cash.

Cocaine Trafficking in Nevada

NRS 453.3385 states that individuals who knowingly or intentionally sells, manufactures, delivers or brings into this state or who is knowingly or intentionally in actual or constructive possession of cocaine or any other Schedule I substance, can be convicted of trafficking.

The possible penalties include:

  • Between four and 14 grams – Category B felony
    • Maximum prison sentence of six years
    • Fine of up to $50,000
  • Between 14 and 28 grams – Category B felony
    • Maximum prison sentence of 15 years
    • Fine of up to $100,000
  • 28 grams or more – Category A felony
    • 25 years to life in prison with a possibility of parole after 10 years
    • Fine of up to $500,000

Federal Cocaine Charges

In most cases, cocaine charges are applied at the state level. However, there are some instances where an individual could face federal charges for cocaine offense, based on the crime or crimes allegedly committed. Cocaine possession, selling and trafficking of cocaine in large amounts may warrant a federal charge, although having a small amount doesn’t mean you’re in the clear as well.

Protecting Your Rights

Our Las Vegas drug defense attorneys have obtained more “not guilty” verdicts than any other firm in Las Vegas based on our exceptional track record of success. If you have been charged with a possessing, selling or trafficking cocaine, it’s imperative you retain aggressive legal services from our firm.

Contact us at (702) 904-8858 today.

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