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Felony Possession

In most cases, people arrested for the first time for possession of a small amount of marijuana will face misdemeanor charges. When the person has been previously convicted of cannabis possession or is charged with possessing a larger quantity of marijuana, the crime can become a felony offense.

The long-term consequences are far more severe for felony convictions than they are for misdemeanors. Convicted felons in Nevada lose their rights to vote, possess a firearm, and possibly citizenship if the person is a resident alien. People also must wait longer to expunge felony offenses from their criminal records.

Lawyer for Felony Possession of Marijuana in Las Vegas, NV

If you are facing felony charges of cannabis possession in Nevada, you will want to seek legal representation as soon as possible. The Law Offices of Jeffrey Jaeger defends clients in Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas, and surrounding communities in Clark County.

Las Vegas criminal defense attorney Jeffrey Jaeger understands the seriousness of these crimes and fights to get criminal charges reduced or dismissed. You can have him review your case and answer all of your questions by calling (702) 816-3888 today to schedule a free consultation.


Overview of Felony Possession of Cannabis in Clark County


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Types of Felony Possession of Marijuana Charges in Nevada

In Nevada, there are essentially three ways in which cannabis possession becomes a felony offense:

  • Prior misdemeanor convictions — If a person has three or more prior misdemeanor convictions for simple possession of marijuana, any subsequent offense—even if the amount possessed is one ounce or less—is classified as a category E felony;
  • More than one ounce — Any possession of cannabis offense that involves more than one ounce of marijuana is classified as a felony, with the grade dependent upon the number of previous convictions an alleged offender has; and
  • Intent to sell — If the prosecutor charges a person with intent to sell cannabis, the crime is a felony offense regardless of the amount of marijuana that was possessed.

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Felony Cannabis Possession Penalties in Las Vegas

If a person is charged with a fourth or subsequent offense of possessing one ounce or less of marijuana, the crime is a Category E felony punishable by up to four years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000. Possession of marijuana for sale penalties vary depending on the amount of cannabis and certain other factors.

Possession of more than one ounce of marijuana is a felony offense. The crime becomes a trafficking offense if the person possessed 100 pounds or more of cannabis.

Possession of more than one ounce, but less than 100 pounds of marijuana, is subject to the same penalties as possession of all other Schedule I substances. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, is classified as a Schedule 1 substance. It is important to note that under Nevada Revised Statute 453.336, previous convictions in the aggregate of any violation of the law of the United States or of any state, territory, or district relating to a controlled substance can be counted against alleged offenders:

  • First or Second Offense — Category E felony punishable by one to four years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000; and
  • Third or Subsequent Offense — Category D felony punishable by one to four years in prison and/or a fine of up to $20,000.

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Nevada Felony Marijuana Possession Arrest Resources

Las Vegas NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) — Las Vegas NORML is the regional chapter for the national nonprofit organization that aims to move public opinion sufficiently to legalize the responsible use of marijuana by adults. On its website, you can find links to Las Vegas NORML’s email address, website URL, and Facebook page. You can also find additional information about Nevada marijuana news and state arrest data.

Las Vegas NORML
2866 Culloden Street
Henderson, NV 89044
(702) 750-0346

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) — LEAP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization comprised of current and former members of the law enforcement and criminal justice communities who are speaking out about the failures of the “War on Drugs.” LEAP’s stated goals are:

  • To educate the public, the media and policy makers about the failure of current drug policy by presenting a true picture of the history, causes and effects of drug use, and the elevated crime rates more properly related to drug prohibition than to drug pharmacology; and
  • To restore the public’s respect for police, which has been greatly diminished by law enforcement’s involvement in imposing drug prohibition.

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Find a Lawyer for Felony Possession of Marijuana Arrests in Las Vegas, Nevada

Have you been charged with felony possession of cannabis in Nevada? The Law Offices of Jeffrey Jaeger defends clients against marijuana charges and fights to get the best possible outcome for these cases.

Jeffrey Jaeger is a criminal defense attorney in Las Vegas who serves numerous communities in Clark County, including North Las Vegas and Henderson. Call (702) 816-3888 or fill out an online contact form right now to have Jeffrey review your case during a free consultation.


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