Drug trafficking is a felony offense under Nevada law and could also subject you to federal prosecution. Though the term might raise images of powerful strongmen who lead large cartels, you could be charged with drug trafficking for selling, transporting or even possessing a relatively small amount of a controlled substance. Miley Law Firm, P.C. in Las Vegas is a proven advocate for clients who are facing prosecution in state and federal court. Drawing on 25 years of experience in this practice area, I am well versed in the procedural violations that often taint these cases, along with other defenses that can lead to a favorable outcome regardless of how strong the prosecutor’s case might seem.
In Nevada’s laws on drug crimes, specific substances are organized into schedules, with the most hazardous drugs grouped into Schedules I and II. These include heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine. Marijuana, now legalized for personal recreational use in the state, is technically a Schedule I substance but is treated differently under the law. Less dangerous drugs, such as pharmaceuticals not authorized by a doctor, are typically found in Schedules III, IV and V, for which penalties are not quite as harsh. Drug trafficking can involve several different activities, including:
Despite some recent liberalization of the laws governing drug trafficking, police and prosecutors still prosecute these cases zealously. In transactions that cross state lines, someone who’s arrested might face federal charges and the tough mandatory minimum sentences that apply in U.S. District Courts. Whatever led to your arrest, a qualified criminal defense lawyer can help determine if evidence used in your case was obtained illegally and can develop a sound plan for defeating the charges or negotiating a fair plea agreement.
Miley Law Firm, P.C. defends clients in Nevada and federal courts who have been accused of drug trafficking and other controlled substance-related crimes. To schedule a consultation regarding your legal options, please call 702-942-0600 or contact me online. My office is located in Las Vegas.