Drug-Free Zone laws began in America under the premise that the sale and use of drugs near schools was dangerous for the children. To mitigate the risk of these kids being exposed to drug use, lawmakers enacted special laws aimed at adding on harsher terms of sentencing for offenders of current drug laws within a specified radius of a school. Often times the drug laws can be difficult to understand which is why you should always consult a drug lawyer to clear up any misunderstandings of the law.
You may be wondering why these laws are necessary; shouldn’t all areas be considered “drug-free” simply because they’re illegal? Ultimately, these laws were put in place as an extra incentive not to commit drug related crimes near children.
These laws vary by state in terms of zone sizes and enhanced penalties. In Nevada, the size of each drug-free zone is 1,000 ft. in every direction. What does this mean for you? Meaning, that if you are caught breaking one of our current drug laws within this radius in Nevada, you may face a much longer sentencing.
Some states, including Nevada, have opted to extend the locations of which this law applies. In our state, these Drug-Free Zone laws apply to all schools including elementary, middle and high schools, trade schools, College campuses, school bus stops, playgrounds, parks, pools, video centers and arcades; pretty much anywhere you’re likely to find children.
Specifically, this law applies to the following offenses:
There is an important distinction to note regarding the application of this law to school bus stops. In Nevada, this law only applies to bus stops within one hour of school hours.
Why it is Important to Consult a Drug Lawyer
The applications of these laws can be very complex and convoluted. What’s important to recognize here, is that there are many unfamiliar laws relating to drug charges that you may not be aware of. With the changing of our laws on marijuana possession and sale, it’s a good idea to keep up on the facts of the different drug laws.
If you’re interested in a more in-depth look at the different Drug-Free Zone laws of Nevada and the other states, you can find more information HERE.
There are easy steps you can take to prevent yourself from facing enhanced drug charges. Of course, you could avoid the illegal activity altogether, but that involves knowing exactly which activates are illegal. Make sure you are aware of which drugs are currently illegal in Nevada, such as these:
- Ecstasy – schedule I
- Methamphetamine – schedule II
- Heroin – schedule I
- PCP – schedule I
- Hydrocodone – schedule I
- Ambien – schedule IV
These (and many others) are controlled substances. A controlled substance is one that has been declared by federal or state law to be illegal for use or sale without a physician’s written consent via prescription.
The bottom line is, you can get into even more trouble than you think, without even knowing it. You could be within that 1,000 radii at any point. Lawmakers won’t hesitate to bring harsher punishments down on you for breaking the law near a place where children frequent.
Why risk extended jail time or any jail time at all? If you do happen to find yourself facing the potential of enhanced penalties because you broke a drug law within the radius we discussed, it’s time to make the right decision for your future. Contact Richard P. Davies to look at your case, and let this experienced drug lawyer help you with your next steps.