Getting caught with an illegal controlled substance is a felony in Nevada even if you are charged with simple possession involving an amount of drugs consistent with personal use. The legalization of marijuana in the state has not yet led to a general easing of possession laws. In fact, even holding pot in a way that doesn’t conform to the strict state guidelines could trigger serious punishment. No matter what controlled substance prompted your arrest, Miley Law Firm, P.C. in Las Vegas is ready to defend your rights vigorously and can advise you on potential defenses and legal options, such as drug court, that might help you move ahead without a harsh sentence.
Under Nevada law, controlled substances are divided into five schedules based on how dangerous they are and what medical use they might have. Drug crime penalties, and the amounts which trigger tougher punishments, are based on where a specific substance falls within these schedules. If you’ve been arrested on a possession charge, I’ll outline the law that applies to you. My firm handles a full range of cases, including matters where the substance involved is:
Effective July 1, 2020, Nevada revised its penalty scheme for drug possession offenses, but possession of an unlawful controlled substance in an amount consistent with personal use remains a Category E felony, carrying a potential sentence of one to four years. However, prosecutions can be deferred and the state has “drug courts” where possession cases are resolved through treatment, rather than incarceration. With 25 years of experience as a criminal defense attorney, I can find innovative ways to take on prosecutors and find the best way to advocate for a favorable result.
Miley Law Firm, P.C. advises clients facing charges related to the illegal possession of controlled substances in Nevada. For a consultation on this type of matter or another drug crime prosecution, please call my Las Vegas office at 702-850-3600 or contact me online.