Las Vegas Drug Crimes Defense Attorneys
Serious Defense for Serious Drug Charges in Nevada
The difference between a long prison sentence and freedom when you’ve been arrested for a drug crime can be as simple as contacting an attorney. If you wait, the police and prosecutors will often be able to obtain information from you, which they can use against you. Contacting an attorney immediately can help protect your rights and ensure that you receive a fair trial. Christiansen Trial Lawyers provides knowledgeable and experienced representation for people who have been arrested for drug possession or another drug crime in the Las Vegas, Nevada area. Our Las Vegas drug crimes attorneys are trial-ready and can prepare your case quickly. Contact our office to arrange for your free initial consultation in English or Spanish today.
How Our Attorneys Can Help You After a Drug Arrest
There are several ways that our criminal defense attorneys assist our clients who are facing drug charges. We prepare excellent motions to suppress evidence due to illegal or improper searches. Additionally, we’re in touch with experts who can analyze the cut of the drugs. Another problem that we frequently encounter is when the prosecution has overcharged the amount of narcotics in question. Because laws have guidelines that are based upon the quantity, this can influence the type of crime that can be charged and potential sentences.
Our drug crimes lawyers have assisted clients who are dealing with the following types of drug crimes:
- Possession of drugs
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
- Intent to sell or distribute
- Illegal possession of chemicals used to make drugs
- Prescription drug crimes
- Distribution, trafficking, smuggling, or importation of drugs
Drug crimes can involve a number of substances, including ecstasy, cocaine, heroin, meth, and more. People can be charged with misdemeanors and felonies depending on the nature of the crime. For example, in Las Vegas, a person who is found with a pipe or anything related to the use of illegal drugs can be charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
What Are the Penalties for Drug Trafficking, Distribution & Smuggling?
If charged with drug distribution, trafficking, or smuggling, you could face a wide range of criminal penalties. Depending on a number of factors, including the amount and classification of the narcotics, the location of the crime, and your criminal history, you could face years in prison.
For instance, federal laws carry mandatory sentences of five years or more in prison for trafficking heroin, cocaine, and other hard drugs. Additionally, you may face civil forfeiture actions in which the government seizes property it claims was acquired by profits from drug-related activity.
Nevada’s proximity to Mexico and large drug distribution centers in California and Arizona have made it a target of federal drug law enforcement policies. If you have been charged with a drug crime in Nevada, it is important to have an experienced defense attorney on your side.
Providing Defense Against Charges of Growing or Manufacturing Narcotics
Cultivating marijuana and operating a meth lab are felony crimes in Nevada. If the DEA, FBI, or Department of Justice gets involved, charges related to grow houses and meth labs may be prosecuted at the federal level. If you are facing grow house or meth lab charges at the state or federal level, you will need a strong criminal defense attorney to protect your rights and freedom.
The trial lawyers at Christiansen Trial Lawyers can thoroughly investigate your case and explore every available option for having the manufacturing or cultivation charges reduced or dismissed. Police officers and investigators must follow the proper procedure before, during and after a drug arrest, and we scrutinize that procedure for flaws such as unlawful search and seizure. We prepare excellent motions to suppress evidence in these matters.
Prosecuting the manufacture and distribution of drugs is a high priority for law enforcement in Nevada. As the “war on drugs” continues, individuals accused of cultivating cannabis or manufacturing methamphetamine face the possibility of serious penalties, including:
- Years in prison
- Tens of thousands of dollars in fines
- A felony record
- Asset forfeiture
The penalties are even more severe if you have previously been convicted of drug manufacturing or cultivation.
Let Us Help. Call for a Free Consultation.
Whether you believe you are under investigation or you have already been arrested for drug manufacturing, it is important that you obtain legal counsel as soon as possible – and do not speak with investigators or police without first speaking with a lawyer. There are many defenses that we can help you identify if you’re facing charges in Nevada.
Some defenses against drug charges include:
- Constitutional rights violations
- Lack of proof
- Mistaken identity
- Lack of possession
- The substance isn’t the drug police claim it is
It’s also possible that someone else planted the drugs. Our team has seen all kinds of unique drug crime cases and have the experience to offer you options when all hope seems lost. One option is to advocate for your participation in a drug court program, rather than a prison sentence. There are a number of diversion programs you can qualify for, but to have access it’s important you hire a professional defense attorney. At Christiansen Trial Lawyers, our criminal defense attorneys have over 65 years of combined experience assisting clients with their drug crime legal problems.
Call our drug crimes defense attorneys in Las Vegas today for a free consultation at (702) 357-9977. Our team is well-versed in federal laws concerning the prosecution of drug charges and can work to get your charges reduced or dropped.