In New Hampshire it’s illegal to be in possession of controlled substances. And since the prescription drug crisis started several years ago, police officers are on the lookout for people who they suspect may be in possession of drugs.
If you feel that law enforcement officers illegally searched and seized drugs from you, you’ll want to contact criminal defense attorney Michael Anzalone. He understands the state’s drug laws and will help you as your case goes through the judicial system.What Happens After Your Arrest?
Police officers may pull you over and arrest you if they find drugs in your vehicle. If you are arrested, they’ll take you to jail, where you will be processed and booked before making a first appearance in court.
Michael Anzalone advises that you should never speak to police officers without a lawyer by your side. You may say something that harms your case. So that’s why the first thing you’ll want to do is call The Anzalone Law Firm to get that assistance.
Valium is a benzodiazepine, which is also known as Diazepam. It affects chemicals in the brain which can help people suffering from anxiety.
Doctors commonly use the drug to treat people who have anxiety disorders, or those who are suffering from muscle spasms or alcohol withdrawal symptoms.
But this can be a very dangerous drug if it’s not used as a doctor intended. This is a reason that law enforcement, prosecutors and judges are cracking down on the misuse of prescription drugs.
One of the first things your attorney will do is request the police reports to help determine whether your arrest was made due to an illegal search. Michael Anzalone will pay careful attention to these details and any other that could help get a judge to give you a reduced or suspended sentence.
In New Hampshire and across the United States the opioid crisis has led to a heightened focus on the drug problem.
If you are convicted, you could face some hefty fines and even a prison sentence. According to the Controlled Drug Act _ found under RSA 318:B _ anyone caught possessing drugs in categories I, II, II and IV, may face up to seven years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines for a first offense.
And if you are arrested again on the same charge, the penalty increases to up to 15 years in prison and fines of up to $50,000.
Drugs listed in category V are not considered as dangerous or addictive. But anyone arrested for possession of these drugs, which include cough medicine with codeine, can still get a sentence of up to three years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000. The severity increases to up to seven years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines for a second arrest.
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