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Drug Crimes 05/08/2024

What is the Mandatory Minimum Sentencing for Drug Crimes in Nevada?

A drug charge in Nevada can be a terrifying experience. Uncertainty about the legal process and potential penalties can leave you feeling overwhelmed and hopeless. Understanding minimum sentencing guidelines can be a powerful tool, and Nadine Morton Law is here to empower you with knowledge you need to navigate your case effectively. 

Learn more about mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses in Nevada and why you should not face these kinds of accusations alone.

Minimum Sentencing Basics

Mandatory minimum sentencing laws dictate a minimum amount of prison time a judge must impose for specific crimes. These laws are often criticized for inflexibility, failing to consider individual circumstances. In Nevada, mandatory minimums apply to certain drug offenses, though there is some discretion allowed for specific factors.

Different Types of Drug Crimes and Their Minimum Sentences

Not all drug offenses are created equal and neither are their mandatory minimums. Here is a breakdown of some common drug offenses and their associated minimum sentences in Nevada:

  • Possession of a Controlled Substance: Penalties vary depending on the type and amount of drug possessed. Simple possession of small quantities might not carry a mandatory minimum, but larger amounts or specific drugs like Schedule I and II substances can lead to prison time.
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia: While not a direct drug charge, possessing items typically used for illegal substances can result in jail time, though typically not subject to mandatory minimums.
  • Driving Under the Influence of Drugs (DUID):  A DUI conviction involving drugs can carry similar penalties to an alcohol DUI,  including potential jail time, but there are no mandatory minimums specific to drug DUIs.
  • Manufacturing or Cultivation of a Controlled Substance:  Nevada takes a harsh stance on producing illegal drugs. Minimum sentences for manufacturing or cultivating controlled substances can range from several years to life in prison, depending on the specific drug and quantity involved.
  • Drug Trafficking: Trafficking refers to the selling, transportation, or delivery of illegal drugs. Minimum sentences for trafficking are severe, ranging from two years to life in prison, depending on the type and amount of drug involved.

It is important to note that these are just general guidelines. Specific facts of your case and your criminal history can significantly impact potential sentencing. To get a more holistic understanding of the charges you are facing and what they mean, you should consult an experienced criminal defense attorney

Prison Advocacy Groups Fighting for Change

Mandatory minimum sentencing laws are a contentious issue, and many prison advocacy groups argue they are inherently unfair. These groups point out that such laws create an inflexible system with little room for nuance. Sentences can be excessively harsh, failing to consider the specific circumstances of the offense or the offender.  

Furthermore, critics argue that mandatory minimums disproportionately impact marginalized communities, furthering social inequalities within the justice system and perpetuating mass incarceration among the lower class. Prison advocacy groups like Nevada Cure and Return Strong are on the frontlines, pushing for reforms that move away from a purely punitive approach. They advocate for sentencing that takes individual circumstances into account and prioritizes rehabilitation programs over lengthy incarceration. These reforms aim to create a more just and effective criminal justice system.

Do You Need an Attorney to Fight a Drug Charge?

Facing a drug charge is a serious matter. An experienced criminal defense attorney can be your strongest advocate. Here at Nadine Morton Law, we understand the complexities of Nevada drug laws and will fight aggressively to protect your rights. Here is a list of just a few ways we help our clients:

  • Investigate the Arrest: Our team will meticulously examine the details of your arrest, looking for any potential police misconduct or procedural errors
  • Explore Defense Strategies: Depending on the specifics of your case, we may be able to pursue dismissal of charges, negotiate a reduced sentence, or explore alternative programs
  • Fight for a Fair Outcome: Our experienced trial attorneys will represent you tenaciously in court, ensuring your voice is heard

Why Choose Nadine Morton Law?

At Nadine Morton Law, we have a proven track record of success in handling drug cases. These cases can be complex and time consuming if you do not know how to navigate the system. Lucky for you, we know all the in’s and out’s of drug crime charges. We are dedicated to fighting for our clients and achieving the best possible outcome in every case. 

Facing a drug charge does not have to mean losing hope. Contact Nadine Morton Law today at (702) 718-3000 for a free consultation. We will stand by your side throughout this challenging time and help you get the justice you deserve!

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