Nevada "OxyContin" and "Vicodin" Laws
Explained by Las Vegas Criminal Defense Lawyers

Unlawful possession or sale of prescription opiates such as OxyContin or Vicodin is punished just as harshly as that of cocaine. Penalties include time in Nevada State Prison and fines. And having a criminal record may keep you from getting a job.

Our Las Vegas, Nevada criminal defense lawyers are very successful in winning drug cases. Typical results include reduced misdemeanor charges or even full dismissals.

Our first step is to try to plea bargain a favorable resolution. But if necessary to protect your rights we will fight for a "not guilty" verdict at trial.

Learn more about Nevada prescription opiate crimes below and how we may help.

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About OxyContin and Vicodin in Nevada

OxyContin is the brand name for the opioid narcotic oxycodone. It is prescribed for relief of moderate to severe pain. Vicodin is the brand name for the chemically similar opioid pain relief medication hydrocodone. Both OxyContin and Vicodin are schedule II  controlled substances. Other Schedule II controlled substances in Nevada include cocaine and methamphetamine.

OxyContin is sometimes referred to as "hillbilly heroin," particularly when it is snorted or injected by drug abusers. Oxycodone and hydrocodone are both available by prescription and come in the form of white pills. OxyContin pills are round. Vicodin, by contrast, is typically elongated.

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Vicodin is a Nevada Schedule II controlled substance

OxyContin and Vicodin Possession Laws in Las Vegas, NV  (NRS 453.336)

It is a felony in Nevada to possess OxyContin or Vicodin unless you have a valid doctor's prescription. But a first offense can often be dismissed by completing a class or doing Nevada Drug Court.

If you have two or more prior convictions for drug felonies, however, unlawful possession of prescription opiates in Nevada can be punished by as much as:

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

For more on Las Vegas narcotics possession law, go to our informational article: Nevada crime of possession of drugs / controlled substances.

Vicodin and OxyContin Possession for Sale Laws in Las Vegas, NV  (NRS 453.337)

Nevada makes it a felony to possess Vicodin or OxyContin for the purpose of selling it. It this is often a difficult crime for the state to prove because of lack of evidence.

Penalties for a first Nevada Oxycontin or Vicodin possession for sale conviction usually include:

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

However, if you have a prior felony drug conviction, consequences of possessing Vicodin or Oxycontin for sale start at:

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

For further information on Las Vegas narcotics possession for sale law, refer to this page: Nevada crime of possession of drugs / controlled substances with intent to sell.

OxyContin and Vicodin Sale Laws in Las Vegas, NV  (NRS 453.321)

It is illegal to sell, make or give away OxyContin or Vicodin in Nevada without a license to do so. Note that buying OxyContin or Vicodin is charged as either drug possession or trafficking.

A first offense can be punished by:

  • 1-6 years in Nevada state prison, and
  • A fine of not more than $20,000.

Penalties for selling prescription opioids in Nevada can increase, however, if you have prior felony drug convictions.

To read more about Las Vegas narcotics sale laws and defenses, please refer to our article on the topic: Nevada crime of selling drugs / controlled substances.

Vicodin and OxyContin Trafficking Laws in Las Vegas, NV  (NRS 453.3395)

Las Vegas trafficking laws apply whenever the OxyContin or Vicodin offense involves 28 grams or more or the drug. This is why trafficking charges tend to be reserved for "big time" drug lords.

For reference sake, the highest prescription dosage of Oxycontin is for 160 mg. pills, though these are rarely found. But even at this dosage, it would take 175 tablets to make 28 grams.

You can read more about Las Vegas trafficking laws in our article on the subject: Nevada crime of trafficking drugs / controlled substances.

Arrested for OxyContin or Vicodin in Las Vegas?  Call us ...

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If you have been accused of a Vicodin or OxyContin-related offense in Nevada, we invite you to contact one of our caring Nevada drug defense lawyers.

We offer free consultations either in-person or by telephone.

To schedule your free consultation, call 702-DEFENSE (702-333-3673) or fill out the confidential form on this page. Find out how our Nevada and Las Vegas criminal defense lawyers might get your charges reduced or dismissed. 

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