Each year, Las Vegas attracts around forty million visitors. Some come for the spectacular shows, while others come for the world-class resorts and hotels. A great majority, however, come to enjoy the numerous casinos, bars, and nightclubs. From rowdy bachelor and bachelorette parties and students enjoying spring break to one of the thousands of yearly conventions, Las Vegas plays host to people who are looking to cut loose and have fun.
Unfortunately, many visitors and residents of Las Vegas find themselves going from “fun” to “trouble” quickly. Drug crimes in Nevada are taken very seriously, and if you are charged with being under the influence or in possession of an illegal drug, you could face serious fines, a criminal conviction and even jail time. Additionally, resolution of your criminal charges can take months or even years, requiring multiple visits to court. If you live in a state other than Nevada, the traveling expenses alone could be extreme.
Because of the consequences that are attached to a criminal drug offense, the old adage of “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” doesn’t always hold true. Your criminal record will reflect your charges, and depending on your history, you may find yourself staying in Nevada—in state prison.
Even as a first-time offender, the following criminal drug charges can impact your life significantly:
When you are charged with any of these crimes, it is imperative that you hire a lawyer as quickly as possible. Nevada drug charges are serious, and you cannot afford to waste time. Also, your lawyer can often times resolve your entire case without you ever having to appear back in Nevada to go to court! We accomplish this using what is called a “Written Entry of Plea” during negotiations with the prosecutor.
A good lawyer can carefully strategize your defense in order to prove your innocence or have your charges lessened or dismissed. Law enforcement officials can occasionally make mistakes, and if in the process of your arrest your constitutional rights were violated, your defense will be much stronger. Not being read your rights at the time of arrest and illegal searches are some of the most common police slip-ups that occur during a Las Vegas drug arrest. The right lawyer can find if mistakes like this were involved, and increase the chances of your charges being reduced.
Additionally, it is the job of your defense attorney to find the best defense for your case and secure the best possible outcome. For many, their first drug offense will be their last, simply because it was a simple lapse in good judgment. Don’t let a mistake ruin your life. Contact an attorney as soon as possible.
Attorneys Thomas D. Boley and Joshua AlDabbagh are experienced criminal defense attorneys. If you or a loved one have been charged with a drug crime in Clark County or southern Nevada, the Boley & AlDabbagh Law Firm will work hard to get you the best possible results for your case. Open late for your convenience and offering a flexible consultation schedule, we are here when you need us most. Call us today at 702-435-3333 for a free consultation.