The Stressful Truth About Tranquilizers

By on 10-13-2017 in Criminal Defense

“Take a Xanax” or other similar refrains are used to indicate that a person is too stressed, and ought to mellow out or relax in order to do something or enjoy the moment. However, phrases referring to tranquilizers or benzodiazepines do not make clear the very serious nature of these drugs. 

Even the name itself, tranquilizers, makes the drugs seem calm, cool and collected. Their chemical name, benzodiazepines, are a little stiffer and indicative of how serious these concoctions can be in the improper hands.

Due to the urgent and serious nature of the opioid crisis, I will be using this article today to talk about the true nature of tranquilizer drugs, as well as the legal headache you may find yourself in if you possess or are under the influence of tranquilizer drugs.

What they are

You may not have heard of tranquilizer drugs. Perhaps even benzodiazepines sound unfamiliar to you. However, you have likely heard of some of these prescription pills, including:

  • Valium
  • Ativan
  • Xanax
  • Rohypnol

All of these drugs fit within the tranquilizer category of drugs and are often comprised of chemicals similar to diazepam or alprazolam. They share the common trait that they are relaxing and calming to the mind and body. Tranquilizers are often used for anxiety or panic conditions.

These types of prescriptions are used by doctors to treat panic or anxiety conditions but have also been diagnosed for anesthesia, nausea, and muscle relaxation. However, like anything in life, these drugs do have negative side effects.

The downsides and risks of tranquilizers

There are two main negative effects associated with tranquilizers: the usage of them with other substances, and their addictive nature. Firstly, many people who use recreational drugs do so while under the influence of other substances. Benzodiazepines are not inherently dangerous, but when they are taken to strengthen the influence of substances like heroin or other more dangerous drugs, then benzodiazepines are truly risky.

Secondly, benzodiazepines or tranquilizer drugs are physiologically addictive, as a result of their effects on our dopamine and serotonin production. Addicts should not be demonized nor villainized. However, having an addiction is not worth the temporary feelings of tranquilizer drugs. Addiction should be prevented if possible.

The element of potentially promoting addiction is, as Powderly Law Firm reports, why in some states such as Massachusetts, tranquilizer drugs are considered as contributors towards the terrible opioid crisis. And as you can imagine, the ties to the opioid crisis have led to a crackdown in enforcement and in drug-related lawmaking. 

If you have been arrested with tranquilizer drugs in your possession, you might be staring down a permanent record, hefty fines, and possibly even jail time. It can safely be assumed that you do not want to pay time or fines, so it is in your best interest to call a lawyer as soon as you are arrested for possessing or taking tranquilizer drugs. 

Working with a lawyer could spell the difference between doing hard time or getting services to treat your addiction. And if there is legal ambiguity around the nature of your situation, then a lawyer could even help you avoid unjust punishment altogether. 

The police lied about my drinking

By on 10-13-2017 in Criminal Defense

Tell me if this is fair: all I did was have an open beer in my car, and now I might lose my license.

Here’s the backstory: I was driving friends home after a party. I’d been drinking a bit, but I made sure to stay under the limit. I’ve had a bit of trouble in the past (all stupid college stuff), which had resulted in a DUI way back, so I know I have to be careful.

Anyway, I’d kept my drinking to a minimum, but my friends kept drinking. Which was fine, I thought. I dropped them all off, and then on the way home, a cop pulls me over for driving too slowly. Now, I was driving slowly so I would be safe since it was a back road and there’s a lot of animals out at night this time of year. But he didn’t care about that, I think he was just looking for someone to pick on, and it happened to be me.

I gave him the usual, good evening officer, what’s the problem, but by the time he was at my window, he already knew he had me. One of my friends forgot to take his beer with him, and there it was, sitting in the cupholder, incriminating me.

Have you been drinking, he asked.

I told him the truth: a bit, but that’s not mine and I’m sober now.

Of course, he didn’t take my word. He paraded me through all the standard tests, and then at the end, after I’d passed his humiliating games, he gave me the breathalyzer. I am almost positive he lied about the result. He said I was over, which is impossible. And he said it didn’t matter if the beer was mine or not, I was accountable for it. Of course, he thought it was mine. No way he believed me. Not this guy.

Anyway, he decided he’d go easy on me, or so he said, and he wasn’t going to arrest me. Instead, he gave me a ticket and told me to come into the station the next day. In the meantime, he waited with me while I called my parents, woke them up, explained, and had them come get me.

I think this guy just gets off on this sort of stuff, seeing a young guy squirm and struggle. He probably knew he had me good, especially after he ran my license.

So, I’ve been to the police station and back, and it looks certain I’ll lose my license. So, goodbye job, and goodbye life. I could kill my friend, but more than that, I could kill that officer for all this when I didn’t even do anything wrong.

My plan now is to fight this. I’ve got a number for a lawyer that I’ve heard is pretty good about this stuff, and I’m going to see if I have a case. Maybe I’ll be able to sue for these guys taking advantage of me. Even if not, I better get out of this. I don’t deserve this, especially after I’d cleaned myself up.