Most people know about laws against the possession of controlled substances,
but did you know that you can face
criminal charges if you are caught being under the influence of drugs? While it's difficult
to tell if a person is under the influence of any particular substance
at any particular time, police often use field tests which, despite their
unreliability, can function as probable cause for arrest.
In most (but not all) cases, being
under the influence of a
controlled substance is a felony. Out-of-town visitors to Las Vegas often find themselves facing
charges of being under the influence of controlled substances. These charges
can mean serious penalties, even in “Sin City,” and it’s
important to obtain quality, local legal counsel to help navigate Nevada’s
Nevada Drug Laws
The laws about being under the influence of controlled substances in Nevada
are included under Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) 453.411. The State recognizes
two lawful exceptions to the crime of being under the influence of drugs.
It is not a crime when:
- The drug was used with a lawfully issued prescription, or
- The drug was administered at a rehabilitation clinic or hospital established
or licensed by the state
It is also not a crime to be put under the influence of a controlled substance
without your knowledge. It is only a violation of the law to
knowingly be under the influence of drugs.
The penalties for being under the influence of drugs may change depending
on the circumstances and the type of drug. The List of Scheduled Narcotics
shows what drugs are considered “controlled substances” and
are illegal in Nevada.
Marijuana - Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance
Cocaine - Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance
- Heroin - Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance
Meth - Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance
Ecstasy - Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance
UNDERSTANDING THE REASONS THAT CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE CHARGES REQUIRE A SKILLED
The effects of being under the influence of controlled substances are just
as physically and legally dangerous as prescription drugs. At Oronoz Ericsson
& Gaffney, we understand that the best defense is one in which the
facts of the alleged incident that led to the charges as well as the circumstances
surrounding the life and state of mind of the accused all play a part.
While our goal is to prepare a solid case that results in reduced or dismissed
charges for our clients, providing the professional support that helps
them get their life back on track where necessary can be a big part of
the approach to representing them effectively.
By going the extra mile to uncover the facts of the case as well as the
reality of the life of the client, we can develop a case strategy that
will lead to the best results in the negotiation phase as well as in a
trial scenario. We have successfully represented people of all backgrounds,
ages and circumstances where charges of being under the influence of controlled
substances and other serious crimes have been the focus. If you’ve
been accused of crimes in Las Vegas and southern Nevada, we have the experienced
law team that can defend your rights.
Contact Our Las Vegas Drug Crime Attorneys
Accept nothing but the best when taking charge of your defense. Contact
a Las Vegas Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance Lawyer today for a