Las Vegas Laws Pertaining to Controlled Substances
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Controlled substances are incredibly common in our area, particularly at
nightclubs and casinos. As a result, many out-of-town visitors (as well
as locals) find themselves facing one or more of a variety of related charges.
Drug crimes involving controlled substances are very serious, and individuals charged
will need to contact a team of experienced criminal defense attorneys.
Below are brief descriptions of the most common charges you can face in Nevada:
Possession – The most common charge faced by residents and visitors to the
Las Vegas area is simple “possession.” It is illegal to have
any amount of controlled substance on your person, or in your house or car.
Possession charges can result in jail time, so it’s very important
that anyone facing charges take them seriously.
Possession with intent to sell – Whether or not you intend to sell the controlled substance, if
you possess it in large enough quantities you will be charged with possession
with intent to sell. Most states have laws creating this shortcut because
“intent” is very difficult for the state to actually prove.
Sale – When law enforcement can catch someone in the physical act of
selling a controlled substance (note that the term “selling”
includes a wide variety of activities, including giving it away or exchanging
it for something else) they’re able to bring more serious charges
than simple possession.
Manufacture – Nevada lawmakers have sought to limit the availability of controlled
substances by providing harsh punishments for anyone who manufactures
it within the borders of the state. The same law also prohibits “attempted
manufacture” of controlled substances.
Conspiracy – The state of Nevada not only punishes people who possess or sell
controlled substances, but punishes people who work in conjunction with
others who may be possessing, selling, or transporting them. The state
sometimes uses this law to go after people who may not have broken a law
themselves, but who were working in conjunction with individuals who did
to further that goal.
Trafficking – Several types of activities (usually transport or sale) involving
large quantities of controlled substances qualify as “trafficking,”
a very serious offense. Anyone charged with trafficking may be facing
both state and federal charges, and will need strong criminal defense
representation available for an improved chance of avoiding serious prison time.
Under the influence – With all the fuss made over possession and sale of controlled
substances, it’s easy to forget that what the state really wants
to limit is the
use of drugs. While it’s difficult to prove that anyone is under the
influence without a blood or urine test, there are, in fact, penalties
when it can be shown that someone
Federal distribution – Las Vegas is a hub for transportation and sale of all types of
goods in the southwest. Any transactions that involve substances crossing
state borders brings in federal authority to regulate.
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The Importance of Hiring an Experienced Lawyer
Our experienced Las Vegas criminal defense lawyers at
Oronoz, Ericsson & Gaffney LLC are not afraid to do what it takes to obtain favorable results for our
clients. We’ve helped many clients avoid harsh sentences through
tried and true pre-trial negotiation strategies, and we’ve helped
many others avoid conviction entirely by successfully trying cases in
front of juries. When you are charged with a crime involving a controlled
substance, you need skilled legal counsel.
Controlled substances include, but are not limited to:
We have a proven track record of helping people just like you who have been
accused of crimes in Las Vegas and southern Nevada. Each of our firm’s partners and
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of the courtroom.
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