Law enforcement agencies throughout the state of Nebraska have increased their efforts to control illegal drugs being transported through the state ever since Colorado legalized marijuana for recreational use. The Interstate 80 corridor has been targeted by law enforcement agencies as one of the major routes for transporting marijuana and hash oil through the state. Even though police are using tactics that courts have disapproved to stop drivers, these traffic stops continue to occur each day especially in Perkins, Lincoln, Dawson, Buffalo, Hall, Polk, York, Seward, Lancaster, and Douglas counties.
If you are targeted by one of these questionable traffic stops and police find hash oil when they search you or your vehicle, you will be charged with a felony. It is important to remember that you have legal rights. Officers cannot pull over a vehicle without reasonable suspicion or probable cause.
Because of the tactics being used by law enforcement officers to stop, detain, and search drivers and their vehicles, you may have a valid defense to your drug charge. Petersen Law offers free case evaluations to quickly determine if your rights have been violated. Contact Tom Petersen online or by calling 402-509-8070 to schedule your free case evaluation.
What is Hash Oil?
Hash oil, also known by street names such as hashish oil, shatter, honey oil, BHO, budder, wax, and dabs, is extracted from the cannabis plant. Hash oil has a higher concentration of the main psychoactive chemical in marijuana (THC) making it more potent than marijuana leaves. Hash oil can be smoked using a bong or in a joint, vaporizer and even used in an e-cigarette. Because of its potency and its versatility, the demand for has oil has increased.
As it is now legal to possess marijuana in states like Colorado and Washington, has oil is now more common. Unfortunately, extracting the hash oil from marijuana leaves can be extremely dangerious because butane or another solvent must be used to extract the oil. Even with this risk, hash oil is found more often in I-80 drug arrests.
Nebraska Criminal Charges and Penalties for Possession of Hash Oil
Hashish or concentrated cannabis (hash oil) is a controlled substance under Schedule I of Nebraska Revised Statute 28-405. Unlike the criminal charges for simple possession of marijuana, the criminal charge for hash oil is not dependent on the amount of hash oil in your possession at the time of the arrest. According to Nebraska Revised Statute 28-416, the possession of any amount of hash oil is a Class III felony. If you are convicted of a Class III felony in the state of Nebraska, you can face between 1 and 20 years in state prison and/or a fine up to $25,000.
Contact Petersen Criminal Law to Speak with an Experienced Drug Defense Attorney
Do not let an Interstate 80 Traffic Stop ruin your life. The decision you make today, may affect your future. Tom Petersen has aggressively represented clients across Nebraska providing experienced criminal defense services for over 16 years. 90% of his practice is in the criminal courts.
Call 402-509-8070 for a free consultation to protect your legal rights, freedom, and reputation from the impact of a an Interstate 80 traffic stop. We offer 24-hour jail release assistance too!