Being arrested or charged for having Xanax (Alprazolam) can be a very serious issue. Not only is the charge a misdemeanor , it can cause severe consequences to one’s future, job, education, professional license and well-being. Below is some detailed information about Xanax laws, science, punishment, and options for those arrested or charged for having or illegally using this prescription medication. Nevertheless, we encourage the reader to reach out to us for a detailed evaluation of your case due to the complexity of prescription pill prosecutions and the laws that govern them.
The DEA classifies Xanax (Alprazolam) as a Schedule IV controlled substance. The reason for this is due to the pills potential for abuse and risk of dependence. Accordingly, the California Health & Safety Code lists it as a controlled substance. H&S §11057(d)(1). Few people know that Xanax has been around since 1981. It was introduced to help with anxiety disorder or short-term relief from symptoms of anxiety. It also is prescribed for panic disorders. Either way, it is illegal to possess if not prescribed to that individual that possess it.
Like other drug misdemeanors, the exposure can be high under California’s Xanax Laws. Depending on one’s background history and the facts of the case, the maximum time in jail can be up to one year (prior to Proposition 47, however, punishment used to a felony). But for first time offenders, there are many options depending on several circumstances.
With the right investigation, legal strategy, and willingness to be creative, you may be eligible to enroll and complete a court-approved drug program to preserve your record and put your case behind you. These options are not available to everyone because of the complexity of the law and the countless ways a person can be arrested or found with Xanax.
The reasons why the result of a prescription pill case can differ is because the many ways a criminal investigation begins and the way in which it is conducted. An experienced drug defense lawyer will be able to identify when the encounter with a suspect was done in violation of privacy rights or Constitutional safeguards.
Some individuals arrested or investigated for Xanax (Alprazolam) find themselves having police contact in the most unexpected ways. Much like other prescription medication arrests, police were never looking to arrest someone in the first place. However, a person that is pulled over for a suspected DUI can suddenly find their car searched when they never thought such an event can happen. Having such a case looked over by a drug lawyer will give you insight into what was proper police procedure and where it over the line.
Similarly, an argument at home with a spouse or loved one can invite the police to do an inspection of the home and suddenly prescription medication is found where it cannot be validated with proper documentation. As in most cases when police are in someone’s home, the situation is always heated. Lack of communication or a rush to judgment will end up with someone in handcuffs. Much like the scenario above, this encounter must be evaluated appropriately in order to see whether or not defenses exists in the case where one wouldn’t think there were.
WHAT TO DO AFTER ARREST FOR XANAX (ALPRAZOLAM)
Consult with an experienced drug lawyer. One must understand the complexity of drug laws, the many police practices conducted by various local agencies, as well as the changing options for drug treatment programs that may be available for the person facing such serious charges. Many individuals find themselves relieved after speaking to an attorney after having experienced the sometimes traumatic event of being arrested. Those who do not seek information and options in fighting their case eventually regret not taking advantage of the opportunity when they had it. Contact us to schedule an appointment with an attorney to have your case evaluated for free.
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