The sale of prescription drugs and their unlawful possession is punished harshly in the state of Nevada; drugs like cocaine, heroin and ecstasy may seem like they render punishments more severe than drugs available by prescription but that is not necessarily the case.
Nevada has significantly increased prescription drug charges and penalties in response to the rising rate of prescription medication abuse. The penalties for unlawful possession of prescription drugs vary by number of offenses with a controlled substance in the past:
On your first or second offense: A first or second conviction is a category E felony which can carry 1-4 years in a Nevada State Prison. It is possible to avoid prison and you can potentially avoid a conviction with your participation in a rehabilitation program or with drug education.
Third or subsequent offense: This becomes a category D felony in Nevada, which can constitute a 1-4 year sentence in prison alongside a $20,000 fine.
Prescription drugs are powerful and addictive. Here are some commonly abused drugs in Las Vegas and surrounding areas. If you are caught in possession of these various prescription medications without a doctor's approval, you could be convicted of a felony.
If you or a family member has been charged with possession, contact Sgro & Roger for a free consultation. We have over 30 years of experience in the field of criminal defense. 702.384.9800