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Prescription Drug Charges in Nevada

Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem in Las Vegas. Each year, more and more residents and tourists are being arrested for prescription drug related offenses. Due to the restricted, but legal classification of prescription drugs, many individuals don’t take these charges as seriously as they should.

When an individual is found in possession of a prescription drug that he or she does not have a valid prescription for, he or she can face felony charges. In many cases, a felony conviction can result in mandatory prison time. In order to put yourself in a position to avoid prison time, contact an accomplished drug charges defense lawyer as soon as possible.

Las Vegas Defense Attorney for Prescription Drug Charges

If you have been charged with a prescription drug related offense, having a qualified drug crimes defense lawyer on your side could greatly impact the outcome of your case. Michael Pariente is an experienced prescription drug lawyer in Las Vegas who will fight to protect your rights.

Pariente Law Firm, P.C. provides well developed defense strategies for individuals facing prescription drug charges in and around Las Vegas, Clark County, Henderson, Paradise, and Boulder City. Contact Michael Pariente today at (702) 966-5310 and let him defend you.

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Laws Regarding Prescription Drug Possession

According to NRS 453.336, it is against the law for an individual to knowingly or intentionally possess a controlled substance that has not been legally prescribed to him or her by a licensed medical professional operating in the course of their professional practice. Prescription drugs that are commonly obtained illegally in Las Vegas include:

  • Xanax
  • Vicodin
  • Morphine
  • Ritalin
  • Oxycontin
  • Hydrocodone
  • Codeine
  • Ativan
  • Percocet
  • Valium

Illegally Obtaining a Drug Prescription

If an individual has a prescription for the drug but it is later determined that the prescription was obtained unlawfully, the individual can face enhanced criminal charges. Individuals are commonly charged with prescription drug fraud for obtaining controlled substances through fraud, forgery, misrepresentation, or other false pretenses.

Penalties for Illegally Possessing or Acquiring Prescription Drugs

For a first or second offense of illegal possession of a prescription drug, an individual will typically be charged with a category E felony. This offense is punishable by one to four years behind bars, and a fine of up to $5,000.

If an individual has previously been convicted of this offense or another other drug related offense two or more time, he or she will be charged with a category D felony for any subsequent offenses. A category D felony is punishable by one to four years in prison, and in this case, according to NRS 453.336(2) (b) the individual can face a maximum fine of $20,000.

It is a category C felony if an individual obtains prescription drugs through fraudulent means. A category C felony is punishable by one to five years in prison, and a fine of up to $10,000.

Working with a Quality Drug Crimes Defense Attorney in Clark County

If you are facing prescription drug charges in Clark County, Henderson, Las Vegas, Paradise, or the surrounding areas, contact Michael Pariente of Pariente Law Firm, P.C. today. Michael Pariente is a former prosecutor who now works exclusively as a defense attorney in Las Vegas and he will use his prosecutorial experience to develop the best counter defense to the prosecution’s tactics.

Pariente Law Firm, P.C. is committed to providing clients with the strongest defense strategies possible. Contact us today at (702) 966-5310 so that we can get started by providing you with a case evaluation free of charge.

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