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Cape Cod Tranquilizer Possession Lawyer

Have you been caught with a prescription tranquilizer that is not yours? If you were found in possession of tranquilizers without a valid prescription in your name, you may be facing major consequences. Tranquilizer possession is a serious charge and carries stiff penalties in Massachusetts. For this reason, it is critical that you contact Attorney James Powderly, an experienced and seasoned Cape Cod opioid possession defense attorney. He and his team can use their vast skills and experience to protect your future. To learn more about what we can do for you, contact us today by calling (508) 343-0676.

Why Do I Need a Lawyer?

When facing a drug possession charge, it is important to remember your rights—one of which is to be represented by an attorney. The solution to getting your life back begins with competent legal representation. You will need a strong and experienced advocate to act on your behalf. A good tranquilizer defense attorney knows the intricacies of the tranquilizer possession laws, and how to defend against the charges. Some of the tactics include:

  • Arguing that the police did not have an appropriate legal reason to stop and search you
  • Creating doubt that the drugs were yours or that you had actual knowledge, such as when they are found inside the glove compartment of a car.
  • Positioning you to receive counseling and treatment
  • Questioning the validity of the testing of the drug.

A successful defense will require a detailed analysis of your unique circumstances. Additionally, there are a wide variety of errors and missteps that could have occurred on the part of police that might disqualify future evidence or testimony. Your rights may have been violated, or there may be an overlooked detail that can serve as the basis for a motion to suppress evidence. Many of the potential errors are subtle and require an experienced tranquilizer defense attorney to uncover. Without a lawyer’s help, you are unlikely to mount a compelling defense and may end up facing the worst possible consequences for your charges.

Why Choose James Powderly?

A great opioid defense attorney can mean all the difference for your future. Attorney James Powderly has successfully litigated many tranquilizer possession cases and will zealously defend you. With his experience and in-depth knowledge of the law regarding criminal tranquilizer charges, he may be able to mitigate the consequences and achieve the best possible outcome. Attorney Powderly has dedicated his practice to researching and understanding the subtle nuances of drug crime charges, including tranquilizer possession. He has garnered a notable track record of dismissed charges and not guilty verdicts, and he is ready to put his experience to work for you. With your future at stake, you should give yourself the best chance possible by hiring James Powderly for your defense.

Tranquilizer Possession Penalties

Tranquilizers such as Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin, and Valium are listed as Class C Controlled Substances. Both the federal government and the states are cracking down on illegal possession. The dangers of these drugs and extensive abuse associated with them have prompted these changes. The penalties for these charges are spelled out in Mass. Gen. Laws Ch. 94C, Sec 34, and currently include:

  • A first conviction for simple possession of tranquilizer tablets can result in up to one year in jail, up to a $1,000 fine, and one-year mandatory loss of driver’s license.
  • A second or subsequent offense can result in two years in jail, a $2,000 fine, and loss of a driver’s license.

Convictions can also result in lengthy probation, drug screens, and a criminal record. If you are a student, there are also less apparent, yet far-reaching consequences, including the loss of scholarship, student loan monies, and expulsion from school. Additionally, your future opportunities for employment, housing, education and more could be seriously jeopardized.

The actual punishment that you receive will depend on a number of factors, including the quantity of drugs found, whether the drugs were for personal use or intended for sale, where you were arrested (if possession occurred close to a school or youth club, the court can issue a higher sentence) and your personal history (previous crimes, especially drug offenses).

Why are Tranquilizers Illegal?

Tranquilizers fall under the medical classification called benzodiazepines. Since the 1960s, many people have been prescribed tranquilizers for medical conditions such as general anxiety disorder, panic disorder, mood disorders such as PTSD, sleep disorders, and seizure disorder. Because their use is so common, a false illusion of safety and legality exists. This makes it easy to overlook the illegality of the behavior in some circumstances. What people do not often realize is that merely slipping a few prescribed pills to a friend can result in major drug charges. The seemingly innocent sharing of a tablet or two can have real-life, devastating consequences.

Tranquilizers are addictive but seldom result in a fatality when they are used by themselves. The real problem comes about when tranquilizers are combined with other substances such as heroin, methadone, or alcohol. People use tranquilizers as a means of potentiating, or increasing, the euphoria from these other substances. This practice is responsible for a significant number of deaths. For this reason, Massachusetts regards the tranquilizer epidemic as contributing to the opioid crisis.

A second concern as to their dangers has to do with their addictive nature. Specifically, the shorter acting tranquilizers, such as Ativan and Xanax, are highly addictive and therefore dangerous. Trying to stop the use of tranquilizers can be extremely difficult and dangerous. Often, this results in seizures and other medical complications up to and including death.

Contact Us

Now is the time to begin taking action towards your defense. James Powderly is an experienced and successful tranquilizer defense attorney. After many years of successful litigation of tranquilizer possession cases, Attorney Powderly is well suited to defend your case. Attorney Powderly will use every possible legal maneuver to have your charges dismissed or dropped. If you have been charged with possession of tranquilizers, contact James Powderly right away. Our drug crimes team will begin your defense immediately. Contact us today at (508) 343-0676 to learn more about what we can do for you.