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Las Vegas Drug Attorney

Facing Drug Charges?

If you have been arrested for a drug-related offense, your future is uncertain. It is crucial to take the necessary steps to ensure the protection of your rights and freedom. The Law Offices of Kenneth G. Frizzell, III can help.

For over 25 years, our Las Vegas drug crime attorney has provided effective legal defense to those accused of criminal offenses. No matter your circumstances, you have the right to protect yourself. We have the necessary skills and resources to help you build a strong case.


Our trusted firm is here to help you. Dial (702) 979-7772 now to set up a free, confidential, consultation with our drug lawyer in Las Vegas.


Possession of Controlled Substances

In Nevada, it is unlawful for any individual to knowingly or intentionally possess a controlled substance without a prescription. This law applies to illegal controlled substances as well as prescription medication that was not prescribed to you.

Types of Drug Possession

According to Nevada's controlled substance laws, three types of drug possession are prohibited, including:

  • Actual possession: The drugs are kept on your person.
  • Constructive possession: The drugs are held in a location that you have control over.
  • Joint possession: The drugs are controlled or owned by two or more people.

Drug Classifications in Nevada

In Nevada, substances are organized into 5 categories, or schedules, with Schedule I being the most severe category. These schedules are based on factors such as the possible medical uses and the potential for abuse. Common drugs that fall under a schedule I-IV category include:

  • Ecstasy (I)
  • PCP (I)
  • Heroin (I)
  • Hydrocodone (I)
  • Cocaine (II)
  • Ritalin (II)
  • Methamphetamine (II)
  • Anabolic steroids (III)
  • Valium (IV)
  • Ambien (IV)
  • Rohypnol (IV)
  • Xanax (IV)

Schedule V drugs have the lowest potential for abuse. These drugs are currently recognized as being acceptable for medical treatment in the U.S. Drugs that are considered schedule V include:

  • Codeine
  • Opium
  • Demerol
  • Robitussin AC
  • Motofen
  • Lomotil

Drug Possession Penalties in Nevada

If a person is found to be in possession of a controlled substance in Nevada, the penalties can be severe. Sentencing depends upon two factors: 1) the drug’s schedule classification and 2) previous drug-related convictions.

Schedule I-IV Penalties

First or second offenses of possessing a schedule I-IV drug is a category E felony in Nevada. First-time offenders can often avoid a conviction by completing a drug education or rehabilitation program. A third or subsequent offense is charged as a category D felony. A conviction can result in:

  • 1-6 years in prison
  • Fine of up to $20,000

Schedule V Penalties

A first offense of possessing a schedule V drug is a category E felony. First-time offenders have a good chance of getting the charges dismissed through meeting probationary requirements set by the court. A second or subsequent offense is charged as a category D felony. Penalties for schedule V drug possession can include:

  • 1 to 4 years in prison
  • Fine of up to $5,000.

If you have been charged with a drug crime, do not wait a moment longer to contact our skilled Las Vegas drug crime lawyer.


For personalized legal advocacy, reach out to our drug attorney in Las Vegas today at (702) 979-7772. Schedule your free consultation.


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