Possession of Xanax

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Alprazolam, more commonly recognized as Xanax, is a drug that treats anxiety and helps those living with panic disorders. The only way to legally obtain Xanax is through a doctor’s prescription. Securing Xanax in a manner that does not involve a doctor’s prescription is illegal. Even those prescribed Xanax can face a charge for unlawful possession. One instance that may lead to such a charge is if an individual has the drug on their person outside of the original vial (in a baggy, napkin, generic pill box, etc.). Other ways to receive a charge for prescribed drugs include:

  • Forging a prescription
  • Selling prescription drugs
  • Driving under the influence of prescription drugs
  • Doctor shopping
  • Fraudulently obtaining prescription drugs

If you or someone you know is facing criminal charges for possession of Xanax, get in touch with a local drug defense attorney as soon as possible. The Orlando drug crimes lawyers at The Umansky Law Firm can assess the details of your arrest and take the appropriate legal action moving forward.

Florida Penalties for Xanax Possession

A drug’s classification determines the severity of penalties for possession or any other drug-related charge. Drugs in higher schedules have more severe penalties while lower scheduled drugs have less severe penalties. The schedules of controlled substances are as follows:

  • Schedule I Drugs: Most dangerous and least medically useful. These include marijuana, PCP, heroin, LSD, and many others.
  • Schedule II Drugs: High abuse potential and highly restricted medical use. These include morphine, oxycodone, opium, and codeine among others.
  • Schedule III Drugs: Lower abuse potential than Schedule I and II drugs and accepted for medical use. These include methandriol, testosterone, trenbolone, and ethylestrenol among others.
  • Schedule IV Drugs: Lower abuse potential than Schedule III drugs, accepted for medical treatment, and have a limited risk of dependence. These include Ativan, Xanax, Valium, Halcion, and many others.
  • Schedule V Drugs: Lowest abuse risk and accepted for medical treatment. These include Robitussin, Tylenol with codeine, Lyrica, Lomotil, and many others.

With Xanax being a Schedule IV drug, penalties are some of the least severe for possession but additional charges can intensify penalties. Possession of Xanax in Florida is a third degree felony and punishable by up to five years in prison, five years probation, and/or a $5,000 fine.

Criminal Defenses for Xanax Possession in Florida

As someone facing criminal charges for possession of Xanax, it’s crucial that you seek legal counsel immediately. Your criminal defense attorney can not only make you aware of potential criminal penalties but also present relevant defenses. An experienced drug defense attorney can offer the following defenses for your drug charge:

  • Lack of knowledge
  • Temporary possession
  • Legal disposal
  • Overdose defense
  • Illegal search and seizure
  • Prescription defense
  • Constructive possession

A solid defense is critical to minimizing or dismissing the consequences of this crime. One should never take drug charges lightly because of the collateral damage that could happen. Those who are guilty of illegally possessing Xanax could lose their funding for college, government benefits, and possibly lose any professional licenses they hold. This is a life-changing offense for those convicted, so take steps to protect your rights and retain a knowledgeable drug court attorney with a good track record.

Successful Orlando Drug Crime Lawyers You Need

No matter what the situation was that found you in possession of Xanax illegally, you deserve the best defense attorney possible to help you through this challenging time. Penalties that come with a conviction for fraudulently possessing Xanax are no minor thing. The Orlando drug crime lawyers at The Umansky Law Firm can explain the intricacies of each defense method and apply the one most appropriate one to your case. 

Our firm has earned the recognition as Florida Trend’s Super Lawyers because of our tireless dedication to our clients. As members of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, we have developed effective approaches to defend and negotiate successfully at trial. Our experience as former prosecutors gives you the inside edge to get the best outcome possible for your case. Do not allow another day to pass without acquiring legal help. Contact us today at 407-228-3838 for a free case evaluation.