Are you facing charges for a drug crime that involves cocaine in Las Vegas? If so, you should be prepared with a strong defense plan because crimes involving this narcotic tend to carry heavier penalties when compared to offenses that involve other drugs. Cocaine is a Schedule II controlled substance, which means that it is highly susceptible to abuse; it has a high potential for serious physical and psychological dependence upon abuse of the drug; and it does have accepted medical use within the U.S., but there the restrictions for this type of use are severe. Drug offenses involving cocaine tend to be felonies, meaning that the defendant can end up serving time in prison if he or she is convicted.
Regardless of the type of cocaine offense you are accused of, you can turn to my law firm for help defending yourself in the courtroom. I, Gregory D. Knapp, ESQ., am a Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer who has been handling criminal cases in this area since 1998. While I am currently a defense attorney, I have a decade of experience working as a prosecutor. Let me use my years of experience to assist you with your case!
POSSIBLE PENALTIES FOR COCAINE CRIMES IN NEVADA
There are many different types of drug crimes you can be accused of in your cocaine-related drug case. Some of those offenses include possession, possession with the intent to sell or distribute and trafficking. Here’s an overview of the penalties that can be given under Nevada law for these crimes when they involve Schedule II drugs (which includes cocaine):
- Possession not for saleCcategory E felony; 1 to 4 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $5,000 (unless probation is granted)
- Possession for saleCcategory D felony; 1 to 4 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $5,000
- TraffickingCThe penalties depend on the amount of cocaine involved in the trafficking offense. The penalties are as follows:
- 28 grams to 199 gramsCcategory C felony; 1 to 5 years in prison and fine of up to $50,000
- 200 grams to 399 gramsCcategory B felony; 2 to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000
- 400 grams or moreCcategory A felony; 15 years in prison or life in prison with a fine of up to $250,000
The penalties listed above are for first-time convictions. Subsequent convictions can lead to more severe sentencing. In some cases, the defendant may be eligible for probation, which could potentially result in the accused person avoiding a conviction altogether.
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I can evaluate your case at no charge. This allows me to review the facts concerning your criminal charges so I can help you determine the best defense strategies for your situation. We can discuss whether it is more beneficial for you to negotiate a plea deal that involves probation or lower sentencing, or if it makes the most sense to fully contest the charges through trial. Contact my firm and sign up for a free case evaluation!