Nevada "Drug Paraphernalia" Laws
(NRS 453.560 & NRS 453.566)
Explained by Las Vegas Criminal Defense Attorneys

It is a crime to possess or sell not only drugs in Nevada. But also "drug paraphernalia"--any apparatus used for the manufacturing or using of drugs. Penalties may include lengthy prison sentences, and a conviction may cause future employers to not hire you for a job. On this page you'll find basic information on Nevada drug paraphernalia law.

Legal Definition of Drug Paraphernalia in Las Vegas, Nevada

Drug paraphernalia in Nevada is any kind of equipment or materials intended for the manufacture, storage or ingestion of illegal drugs. The most common examples include bongs and roach clips. (NRS 453.554)

When determining whether an object is used for or intended as drug paraphernalia in Las Vegas, Clark County courts may consider the following factors:

  • prior convictions of anyone in control of the alleged paraphernalia
  • How the alleged paraphernalia was displayed for sale
  • Any other direct or circumstantial evidence regarding the intent of anyone owning or in possession of the alleged paraphernalia
  • the proximity of the alleged paraphernalia to controlled substances, whether it has residue of controlled substances, and whether it had instructions of how it should be used
  • Statements by anyone in control of the alleged paraphernalia
  • Expert testimony concerning its use (NRS 453.556)
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Drug Paraphernalia Crimes in Las Vegas, Nevada

Unless children are involved, the penalties for selling or possessing drug paraphernalia in Las Vegas are considerably less than that of possessing or selling the actual drugs themselves:

Sale, Intent to Sell, Manufacture, & Delivery (NRS 453.560; NRS 453.562)

It is a category E felony in Nevada to sell, to deliver, to manufacture, or to possess with intent to sell, deliver or manufacture any drug paraphernalia when you know (or should know) that it will be used for the purposes of producing, storing or using illegal drugs. The standard punishment includes:

  • one to four years in prison (which may be probationable in whole or part), and
  • maybe a fine of up to $5,000

However, it is a category C felony in Nevada when someone eighteen years of age or older allegedly delivers drug paraphernalia to someone who is both under eighteen and at least three years younger. Penalties include:

  • one to five years in Nevada State Prison,
  • and maybe a fine of up to $10,000,
  • and maybe restitution for the costs of the minor taking a substance abuse program

Simple Possession or Advertising (NRS 453.566; NRS 453.564)

It is only a misdemeanor in Nevada to use drug paraphernalia (such as smoking a bong) or to possess drug paraphernalia with intent to use it. The sentence carries:

  • Up to six months in jail, and/or
  • Up to $1,000 in fines

These same penalties apply for intentionally advertising drug paraphernalia as well.

Federal drug paraphernalia Law

Federal drug paraphernalia law under 21 U.S.C. § 863 is narrower than Nevada law. It does not punish simple possession of drug paraphernalia or purchasing drug paraphernalia, only selling and transporting it. Read more about federal drug paraphernalia law in Nevada in our article on federal drug paraphernalia law in Nevada.

Arrested? Call us now . . . .

If you have been charged with a drug offense in or around Clark County, then call our Las Vegas criminal defense lawyers at 702-DEFENSE (702-333-3673) for a free phone meeting to discuss your case. We will do everything to try to negotiate your charges down or get them dismissed so you can avoid trial and get back to your life as soon as possible.

To learn about California drug paraphernalia laws, go to our informational article on California drug paraphernalia laws.

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