Drug Possession Crimes

Reno Criminal Defense Lawyers

Drug possession crimes are taken very seriously in the state of Nevada. However, the definition of drug possession and the penalties tied to such crimes vary based on various details, including the type and amount of drug, and a defendant’s criminal history. In other words, the possession of controlled substances is almost always charged as a crime, but whether the crime is charged as a misdemeanor or a felony is based on a variety of factors. No matter the case, it is important retain top-tier, aggressive representation if you have been accused of a drug possession crime. Your rights and future may be endangered.

To see how we can help you, contact the Reno criminal defense lawyers at our firm today! We bring the fight to your side.

How Drug Possession Crimes are Deciphered

It is considered a misdemeanor to possess narcotics such as cocaine, crack, heroin, ecstasy, ketamine, GHB and prescription drugs such as Vicodin or Codeine that have not been lawfully prescribed the possessor. Additionally, it is a misdemeanor to possess methamphetamine, commonly referred to as meth, crystal meth, or speed. However, the possession with intent to sale, transport, or manufacture controlled substances or methamphetamines is considered a felony and may subject an offender to years in prison.

For first or second offenses of possession of Schedule I, II,III, or IV drugs:

  • Up to $5,000 in fines
  • Up to one year in jail
  • And more

For third or subsequent offenses of possession of Schedule I, II,III, or IV drugs:

  • Up to $20,000
  • Up to 5 years in jail and no less than one
  • And more

For first offense offenses of possession of Schedule V drugs:

  • Up to $5,000 in fines
  • Up to one year in jail

For second or subsequent offenses of possession of Schedule V drugs:

  • Up to $5,000 in fines
  • Up to 5 years in jail but no less than one

Defense Strategies for Your Case

Although simple drug possession is considered amongst the lowest level drug crime, these crimes may jeopardize your future and criminal record. While these charges are normally considered misdemeanors, they can cause serious damage to your future when applying for a job, purchasing a house, signing a lease, and more.

A skilled lawyer can work with you personally and explore the various options for your charge. In addition, a criminal defense attorney may be able to find alternative sentencing options. In many cases, drug possession offenders are granted “drug court” as an alternative to incarceration. This is a recovery program that extends over the length of a year. Many people who opt in to this program do not receive criminal conviction, either. Below is a list of some detail to help you understand what Drug Court is comprised of:

  • Rehabilitation and education treatment programs

Typically, an outpatient will be required to attend these counseling sessions one or two times a week.

  • Regular appearances in front of drug court judges

An outpatient will be required to see a drug court judge about once a week so that the judge can monitor the outpatient’s progress. The regularity of visits may decrease as the outpatient continues to show signs of improvement.

  • Willingness to submit to random drug testing.

These drug tests can occur at any time. By opting into the program, the outpatient is not permitted to refuse any random tests.

You May Need Aggressive Representation

Due to the severity of the penalties for possession, it is important to speak with an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Our Reno criminal defense attorneys at Joey Gilbert Law understand the complexities of drug possession crimes and will do everything in our power to have your charges reduced or completely dismissed. Don’t jeopardize you future.

Pursue the protection of your rights today. Joey Gilbert Law is here for you.

Drug Crimes


  • Joey Gilbert Law did an outstanding job representing me. They aggressively pursued my case; they recovered a considerable sum; and I am grateful for their efforts.

    Beth S.

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