Drug Crimes

Although Las Vegas has the slogan “whatever happens in Las Vegas, stays in Las Vegas,” the same cannot be said for its drug laws.  Las Vegas is portrayed as a party city, but when it comes to drug offenses it is not a glitzy matter at all, as the state of Nevada has some of the toughest laws in the country for drug possession and distribution. However, not all of those accused of drug offenses are fairly charged. The Law Office of Jess Marchese aggressively defends those charged with a drug offense with the aim of reducing the severity of the charge and getting its clients the best possible outcome.

lasvegasnv-drugcrimelawyersIn Las Vegas, a drug charge is a severe offense that can have serious consequences ranging from hefty fines to several years in prison. Any person, who has been charged with possessing an illegal drug, should contact a criminal defense lawyer to ensure that their rights are protected and that they get the best possible outcome from their case.

Some of the commonly charged drug offenses include the following:

  • Possession of a controlled substance (PCS)
  • Possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell (PCS w/ Intent)
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Trafficking in a controlled substance
  • Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act
  • Marijuana possession less than one ounce

What Kind of Penalties can be Imposed for Drug Offenses?

The answer to this question has many variables.  First, the charge itself must be taken into account.  ALL trafficking charges, whether it be classified as low, mid, or high level, carry mandatory prison sentences due to the large, non-personal use amount the individual allegedly had on them.  Also, if the individual has a prior record, a charge of PCS with Intent can also include mandatory prison time.  If you are charged with one or both of these crimes it would certainly be in your best interests to retain competent counsel.

The prosecutor will also take into account a person’s prior record.  Obviously he or she will treat you differently if it’s “not your first rodeo.”  At that point, it is your lawyer’s job to convince the prosecutor that you should be treated differently.  Maybe you have a drug problem that has never been adequately addressed.  Or maybe you do have a record, but never for drugs.  These are just some of the circumstances that can be brought up to try and get you the best possible outcome for your case.

If you are charges with a PCS, I typically can dispose of the case very easily for you.  Oftentimes, a reduction to a misdemeanor with a drug class and a simple fine is something I can negotiate for the client.

There is another category of drug crimes, which are the misdemeanor charges.  The two most common that I see is Possession of Marijuana less than an ounce and the Possession of Narcotics Paraphernalia. This could include pipes, baggies, and/or syringes. It is only considered to be a misdemeanor, which carries up to a six-month jail sentence and/or no more than a $1,000 fine plus court costs.  I typically can easily handle such charges and oftentimes don’t even need my clients to ever appear in court for the charges.

There are also other ramifications of drug offenses that people do not take into account when they are charged.  Drug convictions can lead to the loss of federal benefits such as student aid, loss of gun ownership, loss of voting rights, and adversely affect background checks.


I have also dealt with many people from out of town that have picked up drug charges.  Oftentimes, people come to Las Vegas to let loose for a little debauchery and wind up in the wrong place at the wrong time.  If that is your predicament, I can help.

First, I can sometimes arrange it that you never have to come back to Las Vegas.  Of course every case and scenario is different, but recently I had an individual charged with possessing ecstasy.  This individual lived across the country and would’ve had to travel back to Las Vegas for a large amount of money.  Instead we were able to resolve the case down to a misdemeanor with only an online drug class and a fine.  I sent her all of the appropriate documents through the mail, handled all the court appearances without her present, and she never had to come back to Las Vegas.

As was said earlier, every case and scenario is different.  Call me today and I can personally discuss your predicament with you.

Medical Marijuana

In the past year or so, this has become a “hot button” issue here in Nevada.  Although individuals possessing a valid medical marijuana card can legally possess it, they unfortunately have no method in which to obtain it.  As a result, people have taken it upon themselves to supply the medicine to those in need of it.

Based upon the need for marijuana supply, I have recently handled many grow house cases.  These cases can carry stiff penalties as the prosecution typically wants the defendant to pay the clean up costs of their investigation in addition to whatever charges they bring forward.

Many times my clients weren’t even at the location when the search warrant was executed.  Also, my clients oftentimes don’t even reside at the location where the grow house was maintained.  These are all important facts that could lead to a successful defense.

A Criminal Defense Lawyer can Explain Your Charge Clearly

There are many different charges and variables when it comes to drug cases that it is necessary to contact a defense lawyer so that the details can be explained in a simple way and your drug arrest can be firmly categorized.

If you or a member of your family has been arrested for a drug offense, then you should contact The Law Office of Jess Marchese for a free initial consultation of your case. I can quickly assess the severity of your offense and provide an aggressive defense for you. I believe I have an excellent track record of ensuring that my clients receive an appropriate penalty and I often manage to get the penalties reduced, and in some cases, dismissed.

If you have been accused of a drug offense and need a criminal defense attorney, contact The Law Office of Jess Marchese in Las Vegas today at (702) 385-5377 for a free consultation.

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