Criminal Defense Attorneys for Drug Charges

Drug offenses are some of the most common crimes for which people are arrested and charged. Sometimes these charges can be based on false allegations or misunderstandings. Or perhaps you did have drugs in your possession--but that doesn't mean you have to carry a conviction around for the rest of your life.

Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your arrest, you need a skilled drug defense attorney to protect your rights and help you avoid serious penalties such as jail time, community service, classes and/or fines. LBC's criminal defense attorneys in Las Vegas have decades of experience helping people like you avoid these dire consequences.

Drug Possession

Possession of a controlled substance is a misdemeanor. Possession of drug paraphernalia is also punishable as a misdemeanor, and if you've been convicted of multiple possessions within the past seven years, it could even be charged as a felony.

Felony possession of drugs in Las Vegas occurs when you have any amount of certain schedule 1 drugs, such as cocaine, ecstasy, MDMA, or heroin. LBC has four defense lawyers who all have years of experience representing those accused of crimes involving drugs.

Constructive Possession

Constructive possession is a legal concept that can be used to establish guilt for the crime of drug possession. It does not require actual physical possession of the drugs (such as in your pocket, purse or backpack), but rather you have the ability to control them.

For example: If police pull you over, and find a bag of cocaine behind your seat, they may charge you with constructive possession because they know you have control over what happens to that bag of cocaine. This can occur even if you had no idea that the drugs were in your vehicle, because someone else left it there. Our Las Vegas criminal defense attorneys have successfully argued cases just like these.

Constructive possession isn't necessarily limited to drugs—it can apply in any type of situation where someone has control over an item even though he or she doesn't physically own it.

For example, if you borrow money from a friend who then steals her mother's jewelry and sells it on eBay while using your account information (but without telling you), then perhaps both parties could be held liable under constructive possession law because one person had access and control over stolen property which was ultimately consumed by another person. You need an experienced criminal lawyer to help you out of situations like these.

Drug Manufacturing and Distribution

Drug manufacturing and distribution are offenses that are defined differently, but often result in the same penalties. They are both considered felonies and carry a prison sentence of up to 20 years on conviction.

Distribution in Las Vegas is the act of selling or giving away drugs, whether it be small quantities or multiple kilograms at a time. Manufacturing can include growing plants that contain illegal substances, making hash oil or wax from marijuana leaves, cooking methamphetamines in your kitchen using household chemicals like acetone and drain cleaner (the resulting dangerous gas released during this process is called “shake”), extracting fentanyl from legal prescription drugs by dissolving them in alcohol or acetone then filtering out impurities before drying them out into powder form—or any other method for creating an illicit substance for use by others.

If you've been reading or watching our Nevada news lately, you know that legislators are increasing the penalties for the sale, manufacture and/or distribution of fentanyl. If you allegedly sold a drug such as fentanyl, you need the best criminal defense attorney in town to help.


If you are found guilty of trafficking, the minimum sentence is one year in prison and the maximum sentence is life in prison. In order to be charged with trafficking, drugs must exceed one ounce.

More specifically, drug trafficking in Las Vegas refers to the illegal trade, transportation, and distribution of controlled substances within the city of Las Vegas, Nevada. This criminal activity involves the production, sale, and possession of drugs with the intent to sell or distribute them to others.

Common drugs trafficked in the area include marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, and various prescription drugs. Law enforcement agencies, such as the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and federal agencies like the DEA, work to combat drug trafficking through investigations, arrests, and prosecution of those involved in these illegal activities.

For example, if a police officer finds an individual holding three separate baggies each containing 1/8th of an ounce of of heroin, crack or meth separately, he or she would not be charged with trafficking because their total amount does not exceed 1 oz.

LBC has Las Vegas criminal attorneys to help you avoid a felony conviction if you have been arrested for drug charges. Don't gamble, call LBC today.



Paraphernalia offenses

Paraphernalia is not the same as drug possession, but it's still a charge that you should know about. Paraphernalia is a misdemeanor, and can include anything used to smoke, handle or prepare marijuana or other drugs. This includes pipes, scales and bongs. If you're caught with these items on your person or in your home while committing another crime (like possession of marijuana), then the police will charge you with both crimes at once.

The punishment for paraphernalia offenses varies depending on where you live and how many times you've been convicted for this offense in the past—but generally speaking it's not too severe: fines can range from $300-$1,000 per item found in your possession; jail time ranges from 30 days to one year; probation is usually required for two years; community service may also be required if deemed appropriate by local judges who adjudicate each case individually based on factors like prior convictions and evidence found during the arrest process itself (e-mail us today for more details).

Possessing Drugs for Personal Use Is a Misdemeanor, Trafficking Them Is a Felony.

The difference between possessing and trafficking drugs involves the intent of the person who has possession of the drugs. If an individual possesses narcotics with the intent to sell or distribute them, then he or she has trafficked in drugs; otherwise, he or she has only been found guilty of misdemeanor drug possession. To prove intent, prosecutors will look at various factors such as:

  • The quantity of narcotics possessed by an individual

  • How it was packaged (i.e., baggie vs bottle)

  • Where you were when police found you with the narcotics (i.e., in your pocket vs sitting on a table)

If you are convicted of trafficking heroin or cocaine in Nevada, you could face up to 15 years in prison plus fines totaling $6,000!


Drug charges can be very serious and have lasting consequences that affect your future. If you are facing drug charges, it is important to have legal representation from an experienced attorney who knows the law and how best to defend you. Your Las Vegas attorney at LBC will work closely with you to understand what happened and determine the best way forward for your case.Dean Gronemeier