Nevada Ketamine Laws
Explained by Las Vegas Criminal Defense Lawyers

Possessing or Selling Ketamine in Nevada

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A conviction for unlawfully possessing or selling ketamine in Nevada can result in a state prison sentence and a fine of thousands of dollars. Perhaps worse, having a felony drug conviction could keep you from getting a job or owning a firearm.

Our Las Vegas criminal defense lawyers have a proven track record of success in Nevada drug cases. Often we are able to negotiate a plea bargain involving reduction of the charges to a misdemeanor. Sometimes we get the evidence dismissed because it was discovered during an illegal search and seizure or unlawful arrest.

When necessary, however, we will fight your court case aggressively to convince a jury you were not guilty of the charges.

To help you understand more about Nevada ketamine crimes and how we may be able to help you beat the charges, our Las Vegas, Nevada criminal defense lawyers discuss the following, below:

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1. What is Ketamine?

Ketamine is a prescription drug used most commonly on animals as a veterinary anesthetic.

Because it can produce a detached, dreamlike state in humans, ketamine is often used recreationally or as a “date-rape” drug. At high doses, users may experience a “K-Hole” -- an “out of body” or “near-death” experience.

Recreational ketamine is most commonly consumed as a powder that can be injected, stirred into drinks, snorted, or added to joints or cigarettes. Nicknames for the drug include K, Special K, jet, and cat valium.

Ketamine is a Schedule III controlled substance in Nevada. Schedule III substances have a lower potential for than those such as heroin, methamphetamine or cocaine, and an accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse of Schedule III substances may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.

2. Ketamine Possession -- NRS 453.336

It is a felony to possess ketamine in Las Vegas or elsewhere in Nevada. If it is your first or second offense, you will usually be sentenced to probation. In return the court may order you to take a drug education class or to participate in Nevada Drug Court. If you successfully complete drug treatment, your ketamine possession charges will be dismissed and you will have no criminal record.

Alternatively, as a condition of your probation, the court can sentence you to:

  • Up to 1 year in the county jail, and/or
  • A fine of not more than $5,000.

If you have two prior felony drug convictions, however, Nevada penalties for possessing ketamine can increase to:

  • 1-4 years in prison, and/or
  • A fine of up to $5,000.

To learn more about Las Vegas drug possession laws and defenses, please see our article on the Nevada crime of possession of narcotics / controlled substances.

3. Ketamine Possession for Sale -- NRS 453.338

Nevada law makes it a felony to possess ketamine with the intent to sell it. But prosecutors often have a hard time proving your intent. As a result, our Nevada drug lawyers are often able to get possession of ketamine for sale charges knocked down to charges of simple possession.

A first or second offense for possession of ketamine for sale can be punished by:

  • 1-4 years in prison, and/or
  • A fine of not more than $10,000.

If you have two or more prior convictions for drug felonies, however, prison time increases to 1-5 years and the court may not sentence you to probation.

For more information on Las Vegas' drug possession for sale law and defenses, please visit our page on the Nevada crime of possession of narcotics / controlled substances with intent to sell.

4. Ketamine Sale, Manufacture or Transfer -- NRS 453.321

It is a felony to sell, manufacture or even give away ketamine in Nevada. A first offense can usually be punished by:

  • 1-5 years in prison, and/or
  • A fine of up to $10,000.

However, if it is your second or subsequent offense or you have any prior drug felony convictions, the penalties for sale of ketamine are more severe.

To learn more about Las Vegas drug sale laws and defenses, please see our article: the Nevada crime of selling narcotics / controlled substances.

Call us for help...

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If you or someone you know has been charged with a Nevada ketamine offense, we invite you to call us at 702-DEFENSE (702-333-3673). Our caring Las Vegas criminal defense lawyers understand how stressful it can be to face prosecution under Nevada drug laws. But you don't have to do it alone.

We offer free consultations and decades of collective experience in fighting all types of drug charges. Contact us today to find out how we can fight to get your Nevada ketamine charges reduced or dismissed.

And to learn about the laws pertaining to Ketamine in California, please visit our page on California's ketamine laws.

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