Prescription Drug Crimes in Las Vegas
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Drug crimes related to prescribed medication in Las Vegas have experienced a significant increase from locals and visitors alike in recent years. Nevada has some of the harshest laws in the country, which means conviction can result in a lengthy prison sentence, expensive fines, and a permanent criminal record which can potentially ruin your professional reputation and personal life.
If you have been arrested for a prescription drug crime, our Las Vegas criminal defense attorneys at Turco & Draskovich can investigate your case, collect evidence, and build a strong and personalized defense strategy to obtain the most favorable results. With more than four decades of combined experience and over 10,000 cases handled, including more than 250 which went to trial, we understand what it takes to either get your case dismissed entirely or your charges and/or penalties reduced. Whether you live here or just visiting, we can help.
Types of Prescription Drug Crimes in Nevada
In order to possess prescribed medication, you must have a valid prescription from a certified healthcare professional. Without one, you could be charged with first- or second-time unlawful possession of a controlled substance, it is a category E felony punishable by a maximum prison sentence of four years and a fine of up to $5,000. A third or subsequent offense is a category D felony, which is associated with similar penalties as a category E felony.
A first offense for possession with the purpose of the sale is a category D felony. A second offense is a category C felony punishable by a prison sentence of up to five years and a maximum fine of $10,000. Although a third and subsequent offense is a category C felony, a judge has the discretion to impose a prison sentence of up to 15 years and a fine of up to $20,000.
From forging a prescription to “doctor shopping,” prescription fraud can take multiple forms. Nevada considers prescription fraud as a category C felony.
A first-time DUI involving prescription drugs is a misdemeanor, which can lead to a maximum jail sentence of six months (or up to 96 hours of community service), fines of up to $1,000, and license suspension for 90 days. However, the state court typically imposes a suspended six-month jail sentence.
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Due to the seriousness of the penalties related to prescription drug charges, it is imperative to seek legal representation from an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Our firm is dedicated to helping you get the outcome and the justice you deserve.
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