The laws involving controlled substances are similar in both California and Nevada, however, there are some important differences. In California, possession of less than an ounce or less of marijuana is a citable offense, that is, you are given a citation but are not arrested. On the other hand, in Nevada, possession of marijuana is a misdemeanor and you can be arrested.

In both California and Nevada, possession of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine or ecstasy, etc. are felonies and you will be arrested if you are found to be in possession of any of these controlled substances. If convicted of a felony, you can be sent to state prison.

Both California and Nevada have legalized the medicinal use of marijuana by a person with a recommendation from a doctor. It is still undecided in the courts of California and Nevada whether a recommendation from a doctor in one state is effective to prevent prosecution in another state. That is, a recommendation from a doctor in California may not protect you from a possession charge in Nevada and vice versa.

In marijuana cultivation cases, even if the number of plants you are cultivating or the amount of marijuana you have on hand is in excess of what is allowed in your county, there is a defense that you may possess whatever is necessary for your own personal medicinal use.

The law office of William Cole has successfully represented defendants accused of cultivation of marijuana in courts in South Lake Tahoe, California, Tahoe City, California, Truckee, California, Incline Village, Nevada, Stateline, Nevada as well as courts in Nevada.

The law offices of William Cole welcomes inquiries and understands your concerns and questions concerning your case. The initial consultation is free and with no obligation. Attorney William Cole and his staff are happy to provide you with straight talk concerning your case.

nationaldui nacdl cadui
National College
for DUI Defense
National Association of
Criminal Defense Lawyers
California DUI
Lawyers Association