Aside from being charged for possession of drugs, you can also be charged for owning and using the devices needed to exploit them. This is called possession of drug paraphernalia in Las Vegas. Drug possession cases are rife in Nevada and it should be a given that these charges always follow.
What involves a drug paraphernalia possession charge in Nevada is not entirely complicated, but it helps to know the details involved so that you will know how to defend yourself if you ever are accused of such a crime in Las Vegas.
- State laws define drug paraphernalia as equipment, products and materials of any kind which are used, intended for use, or designed for use in planting, propagating, cultivating, growing, harvesting, manufacturing, packaging, repackaging, storing, containing, concealing, injecting, ingesting, inhaling or otherwise introducing into the human body a controlled substance.
- It does not matter if you do not have drugs on hand when arrested, as long as you have the paraphernalia in your possession.
- Conviction for possession of drug paraphernalia is affected by other factors, including
- statement by the owner/s or previous user/s of the item/s
- prior convictions of the owner or user
- proximity of the object to the person of interest
- presence of residue of any controlled substance on the object
- direct or circumstantial evidence regarding the owner’s/user’s intent
- manner in which the object was displayed
- expert testimony concerning its use
There are other factors regarding possession of drug paraphernalia that require further discussion. Talk to a reputable Las Vegas defense attorney to learn more.