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Las Vegas Drug Possession Defense Attorney

What Is Drug Possession?

In Nevada, drug possession can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the type and amount of the drug involved. Possession of a controlled substance includes any kind of drug that is illegal under Nevada law, including cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and more.

If you have been charged with a drug-related crime such as this, you need a Las Vegas drug possession lawyer who understands the legal complexities of this type of case. My name is Chip Siegel, and I understand the law, the legal process, and the courts in Las Vegas. I can help you navigate the legal system and protect your rights.

Request a free case review online or call (702) 430-7531 today.

What Are the Penalties for Drug Possession in Nevada?

The penalties for drug possession depend on the type and amount of the drug involved. For a first-offense possession of 14 grams or less of Schedule I or II drugs, probation is typically given. However, for a third-offense possession of less than 28 grams of Schedule III, IV, or V controlled substances, the penalty can be up to 1 to 4 years in prison and a fine of $25,000. Possession of 28 grams to less than 42 grams of a Schedule I or II controlled substances can result in 1 to 5 years in prison and up to $50,000 in fines. Possession of 42 grams to less than 100 grams of Schedule I or II controlled substances can lead to a penalty of 2-15 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.

In addition to jail and fines, a drug possession conviction can cause serious problems in your life, including loss of employment opportunities, housing, and professional licenses. You can lose your right to own a firearm, making it harder to protect yourself and your family.

What Are the Defenses to Drug Possession?

There are several possible defenses to drug possession charges, depending on the circumstances of your case. Your Las Vegas drug possession lawyer can help you explore all of your options.

These include:

  • You did not know the drugs were in your possession. If the police found the drugs in your home, you can argue that you did not know they were there. Similarly, if the police found the drugs on your person, you can argue that you had no knowledge that the drugs were there.
  • You have a medical marijuana card. Nevada law allows medical marijuana patients to possess up to a certain amount of cannabis for personal use. If you are charged with having above that limit, you can argue you were in possession of marijuana because you have a medical marijuana card.
  • You were entrapped. Entrapment occurs when the police convince you to commit a crime that you were not planning to commit. For example, if the police offer to sell you drugs and then arrest you when you take them up on the offer, you can argue that you were entrapped.

Contact a Las Vegas Drug Possession Defense Attorney

If you have been charged with drug possession, you need a Las Vegas drug possession lawyer who understands the legal complexities of this type of case. It's best to have a direct discussion with me about your case as it will help you understand how it may impact you and what assistance I can provide. Moreover, you can also receive information about what to anticipate during this challenging time.

Call (702) 430-7531 today to schedule a free initial consultation.

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