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Cocaine Charges

As a resort city known for its nightclubs and casinos that are open 24 hours a day, cocaine is a drug commonly involved in many arrests throughout Las Vegas. Tourists and residents alike partaking in the legal vices of Sin City that are banned in most other parts of the country mistakenly assume that cocaine is not taken seriously by local law enforcement.

The truth remains that possession of cocaine is a felony offense under Nevada state law. Convictions for cocaine offenses carry steep penalties, including possible prison sentences and significant fines.

Lawyer for Cocaine Charges in Las Vegas, Nevada

If you have been arrested for any kind of a cocaine offense in Nevada, you will want to immediately retain legal counsel. The Law Offices of Jeffrey Jaeger can fight to get these criminal charges reduced or dismissed.

Jeffrey Jaeger is a criminal defense attorney in Las Vegas who defends clients in Henderson, North Las Vegas, and many nearby areas of Clark County. Call (702) 816-3888 or fill out an online contact form right now to take advantage of a free, confidential consultation that will allow Jeffrey to review your case.


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Cocaine Possession Offenses in Nevada

While cocaine is classified as Schedule II controlled substance under federal law, state law in Nevada classifies cocaine as a Schedule I drug—essentially making it one of the most serious controlled substances in the Silver State. Previous controlled substance convictions under the laws of the United States or any state, territory, or district can be counted against offenders.

Offenses involving less than four grams of cocaine will generally lead to offenders being charged with one of the following crimes:

Offer, attempt, or commission of unauthorized act relating to cocaine
Under Nevada Revised Statute 453.321, those who import, transport, sell, exchange, barter, supply, prescribe, dispense, give away, administer, manufacture, or compound cocaine, or offer or attempt to do any of those acts, will be charged with a category B felony and face the following penalties:

  • First Offense — Up to six years in prison and/or a fine of up to $20,000;
  • Second Offense — Up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $20,000; or
  • Third or Subsequent Offense — Up to 15 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $20,000.

Unlawful possession of cocaine not for purpose of sale

Nevada Revised Statute 453.336 establishes the following penalties for knowingly or intentionally possessing cocaine:

  • First or Second Offense — Category E felony punishable by up to four years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000; or
  • Third or Subsequent Offense — Category D felony punishable by up to four years in prison and/or a fine of up to $20,000.

Unlawful possession for sale of cocaine

Under Nevada Revised Statute 453.337, a person who possesses cocaine for the purpose of sale faces the following penalties:

  • First Offense — Category D felony punishable by up to four years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000;
  • Second Offense — Category C felony punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000; or
  • Third or Subsequent Offense — Category B felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $20,000.

Possession for sale requires the prosecutor to prove the alleged offender’s criminal intent, which can be a difficult burden to satisfy. Oftentimes, prosecutors will rely on other circumstantial evidence such as cocaine being divided into separate plastic baggies or the alleged offender carrying a large amount of cash to illustrate possession for the purpose of sale.


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Cocaine Trafficking Crimes in Las Vegas

Possession of four grams or more of cocaine is a serious offense because the crime is classified as trafficking. A trafficking offense carries much stiffer penalties, depending on the amount that a person possessed.

Trafficking penalties under Nevada Revised Statute 453.3385 include:

  • Four Grams or More, But Less Than 14 Grams — Category B felony punishable by up to six years in prison and/or a fine of up to $50,000;
  • 14 Grams or More, But Less Than 28 Grams — Category B felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $100,000; or
  • 28 Grams or More — Category A felony punishable by up to 25 years or life in prison and/or a fine of up to $500,000.

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Nevada Resources for Cocaine Arrests

Cocaine Anonymous (CA) of Greater Las Vegas and Southern Nevada Area — CA is a fellowship of, by, and for cocaine addicts seeking recovery that uses the Twelve Step recovery method adapted from the program developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. On this website, you can find the times and locations of meetings in the greater Las Vegas area. You can also learn more about CA activities in the area and find the number for a hotline if you need to call for help.

DrugFacts: Cocaine | National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) — NIDA is a research institute within the United States Department of Health and Human Services. You can learn more about what cocaine is, how it affects the brain, and other health effects of using cocaine on this section of the NIDA website. It also contains links to information and research about cocaine.


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Find a Lawyer for Cocaine Charges in Las Vegas, NV

Were you arrested in Nevada for possession of cocaine? The Law Offices of Jeffrey Jaeger helps residents and visitors from other states get the most favorable outcomes for all types of drug crimes.

Las Vegas criminal defense attorney Jeffrey Jaeger serves communities throughout Clark County, such as Henderson, North Las Vegas, and others. He will provide a complete evaluation of your case when you call (702) 816-3888 or submit an online contact form to set up a free initial consultation.


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