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Possession of Controlled Substances in Las Vegas

Las Vegas has strict laws against possession of controlled substances. The state does not outright penalize people for being in possession of controlled substances, provided there is legal basis for it in the first place — i.e. having packets of medical marijuana is legal if covered by prescription from a competent doctor. The state will penalize anyone in possession of substances that are outright illegal to own, or are owned without legal papers to justify the ownership.

Definition of Controlled Substances

The law defines controlled substances as “substances that can only be obtained and kept through legal channels and under certain circumstances”.

These regulated substances are grouped in special classification points called ‘schedules’, listing from most dangerous substances (Schedule I) to least dangerous substances (Schedule V). The drug schedule system is patterned after the same system used by Federal law.

Illegal Possession of Controlled Substances Explained

A person is said to be in illegal possession of a controlled substance if he or she owns controlled substances without legal, medical or scientific justification. Typically, the charge comes into effect if the person is discovered to have marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, or other related narcotics on his or her person. Certain prescription drugs also fall under an illegal charge allegation if the person has no medical prescription to own said prescription drugs.

There are three classifications of controlled substance possession as recognized in Nevada law.

  • Actual Possession: Drugs or other controlled substances were found on the defendant’s person at the time of the arrest.
  • Constructive Possession: Drugs or other controlled substances were found in the vicinity of the defendant’s personal property.
  • Shared Possession: Drugs or other controlled substances are co-owned with another person, either for shared use or shared distribution.

A Proven History Of Success

Recent Case Results
  • Dismissed Possession of Controlled Substance
  • Dismissed Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Reduced to Reckless DUI/Drugs (Marijuana)
  • Dismissed Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Criminal Defense Lawyer for Possession of Controlled Substances

Facing a controlled substances possession charge should not be taken lightly even for schedule V drugs. Should you be charged with illegally possessing any kind of substance that is controlled under Nevada law, seek out the help of defense attorney immediately. An expert on drug crime defense, he is backed by years of experience in defending clients faced with various kinds of drug-related legal problems. He ensures that your case achieves a favorable result in court.

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