Felony Possession of Marijuana

Possession of marijuana is a common offense in Las Vegas that many people commonly refer to as a “minor” crime. Although many arrests made for marijuana possession lead to misdemeanor charges, there are circumstances in which an individual can face felony charges if found with cannabis.

Under Nevada law, the penalties for felony marijuana possession are steep. A conviction of this offense can result in years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines. Anytime you are accused of being in possession of marijuana, having an experienced defense lawyer on your side can play a critical role in helping you avoid devastating penalties.

Las Vegas Defense Attorney for Felony Marijuana Charges

If you are facing felony charges after being accused of being in possession of marijuana, you could be in danger of spending several years behind bars. Michael Pariente is a drug crimes defense lawyer in Las Vegas who will work around the clock to ensure that defense strategy is developed with your desired outcome in mind.

Pariente Law Firm, P.C. represents clients in and around Las Vegas, Clark County, Henderson, Paradise, and Boulder City who are facing felony marijuana charges. To schedule your free case evaluation call Michael Pariente today at (702) 966-5310.


Information on Felony Marijuana Possession in Nevada


Marijuana Laws in Nevada

According to NRS 453.336, it is against the law to possess, sell, cultivate, or manufacture marijuana, including marijuana plants, seeds, resin, or any compound or mixture containing marijuana. However, Nevada law does allow for licensed dispensaries.


When Is Marijuana Possession a Felony in Las Vegas?

When an individual is found to be in possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, he or she will typically face misdemeanor charges. However, there are a few instances where individuals will automatically be charged with felony possession of marijuana. Some of these instances include:

  • When an individual is found with over an ounce of cannabis
  • When an individual is deemed to have possessed marijuana with the intention to sell it
  • When an individual is involved in trafficking marijuana

When charged with felony marijuana possession, the degree of the charges will depend on the amount of cannabis found, as well as what the alleged offender intended to do with the marijuana.


Penalties for Felony Marijuana Possession

If an individual is found in possession of more than an ounce of marijuana, he or she can be charged with a category E felony. If convicted, the offender will be sentenced to between one to four years in prison, and could also be ordered to pay a fine of up to $5,000.

Possessing marijuana with the intent to sell it is a category D felony that is punishable by one to four years behind bars, and a potential fine of up to $20,000.

If you are found with more than 100 pounds of marijuana, you could face marijuana trafficking charges. The potential penalties for marijuana trafficking are:

  • Category C felony (100 – 2,000 pounds): one to five years in prison, and a fine of up to $25,000
  • Category B felony (2,000 – 10,000 pounds): two to ten years in prison, and a fine of up to $50,000
  • Category A felony (10,000 or more pounds): 15 years to life in prison, and a fine of up to $200,000


Devotedly Serving Clients Facing Felony Marijuana Charges in Clark County

Felony marijuana charges do not have to derail your future. In such a critical time, having the right defense attorney is crucial. Michael Pariente is a former prosecutor who has now devoted his career to defending those who have been accused of criminal offenses in and around Clark County, Las Vegas, Henderson, Boulder City, and Paradise.

Pariente Law Firm, P.C. has represented clients in some of the most complex cases, and is dedicated to ensuring that the rights of its clients are protected throughout the criminal process. Contact Michael Pariente today at (702) 966-5310 to schedule your free case evaluation.

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