Trafficking in Controlled Substance in Las Vegas, Nevada is a Felony offense which carries a mandatory prison sentence if convicted. Nevada Revised Statute “NRS” 453.3385 defines Trafficking in Controlled Substance, as “…intentionally sells, manufactures, delivers or brings into this State or knowingly and intentionally in actual or constructive possession” of any controlled substance. Trafficking is not only the most serious type of drug charge here in Nevada; it is also one of the broadest. Some call it the “catch-all” drug offense because Trafficking in Controlled Substance covers any person, who manufactures the drug, sells the drug or simply possesses a large amount of the controlled substance.
The punishment for a conviction of a Trafficking in Controlled Substance charge here in Las Vegas varies greatly, depending on the amount of drugs in your possession. For example, if Courtney was caught with 4 grams but less than 14 grams of cocaine in her purse, she would be facing 1-6 years of prison and a fine of up to $50,000. If she had 14 grams of cocaine but less than 28 grams she would be facing a mandatory 2-15 years of prison and a fine of up to $100,000. And lastly, if she was caught with 28 grams or more of cocaine or any Schedule I Controlled Substance (other than marijuana) she would face life in prison with a possibility of parole after 10 years, or a fixed term of 25 years in prison with a possibility of parole after 10 years. It must be stressed, merely possessing these amounts of controlled substance is enough to charge someone with Trafficking. A Trafficking Marijuana charge also carries serious penalties but the amounts of the drug and the penalties associated with it varies greatly from other Schedule I Controlled Substances.
Many factors go into the defense and a resolution of a Trafficking in Controlled Substance offense, and it is imperative to hire an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney who has defended these charges multiple times which resulted in dismissals, a reduction of charges and drug treatment without jail. Las Vegas Criminal Defense Attorney Michael A. Troiano is experienced in defending his clients for a variety of drug charges, ranging from a first time possession of drugs and/or paraphernalia charge, to the most serious of Trafficking offenses. He will discuss all possible defenses on your Trafficking in Controlled Substance charge and work towards a dismissal or reduction to a lesser non drug related charge and help you avoid prison.