Heroin Charges Defense Lawyer in Las Vegas
Heroin is a Schedule I drug in Nevada. A criminal conviction involving possession or sale of heroin potentially means years of prison time and thousands of dollars in fines. Prosecutors will seek a guilty verdict and the harshest penalties available for heroin possession, sales, manufacturing or trafficking. Your best move is to retain a Las Vegas criminal defense attorney who knows the local courts and will work hard to secure the best outcome.
The attorneys at Adras & Altig are respected local Las Vegas attorneys and have more than three decades of combined experience defending Clark County, Nevada residents and visitors charged with drug crimes, including heroin charges. Our lawyers take a team approach and move quickly to investigate and develop a defense that can have the most positive impact on your case. There are many ways to get drug charges reduced or dismissed.
Our law firm’s work is based on getting results, not on ego. We hold to the principle that anyone facing a drug charge deserves a vigorous legal defense, and no one’s life should be ruined by a single mistake or lapse in judgment. Attorneys Paul Adras and Steven Altig handle every one of our firm’s cases personally. You will deal directly with our law firm’s two partner attorneys. They work together to identify solutions that serve the interests of clients facing heroin charges and negotiate aggressively with Clark County prosecutors to obtain the best possible outcomes.
Every drug case is unique but requires a robust legal defense. Let an experienced and dedicated Las Vegas heroin charges defense lawyer from Adras & Altig review your case today and tell you how we can assist you. Contact us now.
Nevada Heroin Laws and Penalties
Heroin is a Schedule I controlled substance in Nevada and throughout the United States. Any crime involving heroin is a felony and may result in prison time and a significant fine, such as:
- Possession of heroin
- Possession of heroin with intent to sell
- Selling or manufacturing heroin
The charge you face is based in part on the amount of heroin that police allegedly confiscated when you were arrested. As little as 4 grams of heroin can substantiate trafficking charges, which allow a penalty of 1 to 6 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000.
However, if it’s your first offense, our defense attorneys may be able to resolve the case with probation and your participation in a drug diversion program.
Without a hardnosed criminal defense lawyer standing up for your legal rights, the penalties in the Nevada Criminal Code for heroin charges that you could face include:
Possession of heroin for personal use (not for purpose of sale (NRS 453.336):
- 1st or 2nd offense (Category E felony) — 1 to 4 years in prison, up to $5,000 fine
- 3rd or 4th offense (Category D felony) — 1 to 4 years in prison, up to $20,000 fine
Possession of heroin with intent to sell (heroin sales) (NRS 453.337):
- 1st offense (Category D felony) — 1 to 4 years in prison, up to $5,000 fine
- 2nd offense (Category C felony) — 1 to 5 years in prison, up to $10,000 fine
- 3rd offense (Category B felony) — 3 to 15 years in prison, up to $20,000 fine
Selling, trading, transporting or manufacturing heroin (NRS 453.321):
- Up to 4 grams (Category B felony) —
- 1st offense — 1 to 6 years in prison, up to $20,000 fine
- 2nd offense — 2 to 10 years in prison, up to $20,000 fine
- 3rd offense — 3 to 15 years in prison, up to $20,000 fine
- 4 grams but less than 14 grams (Category B felony) — 1 to 6 years in prison, up to $50,000 fine
- 14 grams but less than 28 grams (Category B felony) — 2 to 15 years in prison, up to $100,000 fine
- 28 grams or more (Category A felony) — 25 years to life in prison, up to $500,000 fine
Trafficking in heroin (NRS 453.3385)
- 4 grams or more, but less than 14 grams (Category B felony) — 1 to 6 years in prison, and up to $50,000 fine
- 14 grams or more, but less than 28 grams (Category B felony) — 2 to 15 years and up to $100,000 fine
- 28 grams or more (Category A felony) — life in prison with eligibility for parole after 10 years, or 25 years in prison with eligibility for parole after 10 years and a fine up to $500,000.
Regardless of the heroin charges you are facing, you should never try to deal with the prosecutor’s office on your own. Without a proper legal defense, there is nothing to prevent a prosecutor from leveling charges of intent to sell or trafficking if as little as 4 grams of heroin is found where you are arrested. If you do not have a hardnosed drug crimes defense lawyer standing up for your interests, a Clark County prosecutor will invariably seek the maximum punishment for you. A prosecutor is not concerned about your best interests.
If you face heroin charges in Las Vegas or elsewhere in Clark County, your future may depend on whether your defense lawyer has the knowledge, skill, dedication and working relationships necessary to represent you effectively.