Reno Drug Defense Attorneys
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Drug crimes are one of the most serious criminal offenses at both the state and the federal level. While Nevada does legalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, the state still implements strict laws on possession and distribution of controlled substances. Richard P. Davies, Esq. has been defending clients in the criminal justice system for nearly 20 years. In drug defense cases, your lawyer’s experience could make the difference between a conviction and a dismissal, or at least a reduction of charges. Attorney Davies leads a team of energetic attorneys prepared wot work together on your misdemeanor or felony charge.
Nevada’s 5 Drug Schedules
It is illegal in Nevada to possess, make, or sell any prohibited controlled substances. The state classifies controlled substances into 5 different scheduled based on their dangerousness, with Schedule I being the most dangerous and addictive with no medical treatment use. Some examples of drugs in their respective schedules include:
Marijuana, PCP, ecstasy, heroin, LSD
Methamphetamine, cocaine, codeine
Ketamine, anabolic steroids
Xanax, Ambien, Valium
Note that it is legal for adults older than 21 to possess 1 ounce or less of marijuana in their home. Those with Nevada medical marijuana cards may possess 2.5 ounces of marijuana while at home. Bringing the substance out of the home is strictly illegal.
Illegal Possession and Penalties
NRS 453.336 makes it illegal for a person to possess narcotics for personal use while knowingly having physical control over the drugs, a crime referred to as simple possession. Note that such possession can be:
- actual (e.g., physically carrying the drugs in the person’s pocket);
- constructive (e.g., storing the drugs in their car);
- joint (e.g., among a group of friends sharing the drugs).
Possession of controlled substances is always a felony, and the specific sentence will depend on the schedule and amount of the drug involved:
- Less than 14 grams (Schedule I, II) or less than 28 grams (Schedule III, IV, V) – Category E felony punishable by probation; Category D felony for third or subsequent offenses punishable by 1-4 years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines
- 14-28 grams (Schedule I, II) or 28-200 grams (Schedule III, IV, V) – Category C felony punishable by 1-5 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines
- 28-42 grams (Schedule I, II) or 200 grams or more (Schedule III, IV, V) – Category B felony punishable by 1-10 years in prison and up to $50,000 in fines
- 42-100 grams (Schedule I, II) – Category B felony punishable by 2-15 years in prison and up to $50,000 in fines
Possession of illegal amounts of marijuana carries its own penalties, depending on whether the person possess more than the legal amount of 1 ounce or if they possess less than 1 ounce but take it out in public. Possession of more than 1 ounce is punishable according to the same sentencing range for Schedule I drugs discussed above, and public possession of marijuana is a misdemeanor punishable by $600-$2,000 in fines and possible jail time. Fourth or subsequent offenses rise to the Category E felony level.
Selling, Manufacturing, Distributing Drugs
It is also a serious crime to engage in any drug-related activity like selling, manufacturing, importing, supplying, transporting, etc. The consequences for doing so depend on the type of drug and whether the defendant has prior convictions:
- Schedule I, II (including marijuana)
- 1st offense – Category C felony punishable by 1-5 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines
- 2nd offense – Category B felony punishable by 2-10 years in prison and up to $20,000 in fines
- 3rd or subsequent offense – Category V felony punishable by 3-15 years in prison and up to $20,000
- Schedule III, IV, V
- 1st offense – Category D felony punishable by 1-4 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines
- 2nd offense – Category C felony punishable by 1-5 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines
- 3rd or subsequent offense – Category B felony punishable by 2-10 years in prison and up to $15,000 in fines
If you have been accused of a drug-related crime, whether for illegal possession or for distributing controlled substances, reach out to an experienced defense attorney immediately for legal support. The consequences of a drug crime can be severe, especially as the penalties include years in jail and thousands in fines. Richard P. Davies, Esq. can take a detailed look at your situation and determine how to best challenge your drug accusation, whether you have been charged with a misdemeanor or a felony.
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