DUI and Xanax

Alprazolam is a potent, short-acting anti-anxiety drug more commonly known by its trade name, Xanax. Alprazolam is classified as a Schedule IV controlled substance under the Florida Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act, meaning it has a low potential for abuse relative to the substances in Schedule III, has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and abuse may lead to limited physical or psychological dependence relative to the substances in Schedule III.

Despite Xanax being considered a less dangerous controlled substance, people who have legally been prescribed the drug may be arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) when a police officer believes the alprazolam has affected their ability to safely operate motor vehicles. Florida has no legal limits for what constitutes an amount of Xanax that affects a person’s driving ability, so an individual may be arrested if a blood or urine test reveals alprazolam—even if the Xanax was originally consumed several days before and the effects had long worn off.

Lawyer for DUI and Xanax Defense in Fort Lauderdale, FL

If you were arrested for a DUI offense based on your use of Xanax in South Florida, it is in your best interest to immediately retain legal counsel. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. aggressively defends clients facing drunk and drugged driving charges in Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach, Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, Jupiter, Boynton Beach, Lake Worth, Riviera Beach, Greenacres, and several other nearby areas in Palm Beach County.

Our criminal defense attorneys in Fort Lauderdale can fight to help you achieve the most favorable possible outcome to your case, including possibly having the criminal charges completely dismissed. You can have our lawyers provide a complete evaluation of your case as soon as you call (561) 557-8686 to schedule a free initial consultation.


Palm Beach County Xanax DUI Information Center


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DUI and Xanax Charges in Florida

Under Florida Statute § 316.193(1)(a), a person can be arrested for DUI if he or she is driving or in actual physical control of a vehicle within this state and is under the influence of alcoholic beverages, any chemical substance, or any controlled substance. Xanax is considered a controlled substance in Florida.

It is important for people to understand that they are not legally required to inform police officers that they have taken Xanax. In many cases, admission of alprazolam use is used against the alleged offender in the prosecution of the DUI case.

Evidence of Xanax use usually comes in the form of a blood or urine test. While a prosecutor may have proof that a person consumed Xanax, it can be much more difficult to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the alprazolam was active when the alleged offender was driving.


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DUI and Xanax Penalties in Florida

A Xanax-related DUI is subject to the same penalties as an alcohol-related drunk driving conviction. Prior alcohol-related DUIs can be counted against a person, possibly resulting in increased penalties.

Depending on the number of times a person has been convicted, a Xanax DUI can result in the following sentences:

  • First Conviction — Fine of at least $500 up to $1,000 and up to six months in jail (fine of at least $1,000 up to $2,000 and up to nine months in jail if a minor was a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the offense) and driver’s license suspension of one year.
  • Second Conviction Within Five Years of Prior Conviction — Fine of at least $1,000 up to $2,000 and up to nine months in jail (fine of at least $2,000 up to $4,000 and up to 12 months in jail if a minor was a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the offense) and driver’s license suspension of five years.
  • Second Conviction More Than Five Years After Prior Conviction — Fine of at least $1,000 up to $2,000 and up to nine months in jail (fine of at least $2,000 up to $4,000 and up to 12 months in jail if a minor was a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the offense) and driver’s license suspension of one year.
  • Third Conviction Within 10 Years of First Conviction — Third-degree felony punishable by fine of at least $2,000 up to $5,000 and minimum of 30 days up to five years in prison (fine of at least $4,000 up to $5,000 if a minor was a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the offense) and driver’s license suspension of 10 years.
  • Third Conviction More Than 10 Years After First Conviction — Fine of at least $2,000 up to $5,000 and up to one year in jail (fine of at least $4,000 up to $5,000 if a minor was a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the offense) and driver’s license suspension of one year.
  • Fourth or Subsequent Conviction — Third-degree felony punishable by fine of at least $2,000 up to $5,000, up to five years in prison, and lifetime revocation of driver’s license.

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DUI and Xanax Resources in Palm Beach County

Gold Coast Area of Narcotics Anonymous (NA) — NA is a nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs have become a major problem. The only requirement for membership is the desire to stop using. Use this website to learn more about the organization and find times and locations of meetings in the Gold Coast area. Pills Anonymous World Service is another similar fellowship that currently meets once a week in Parkland.

Effects of alprazolam on driving ability, memory functioning and psychomotor performance: a randomized, placebo-controlled study | National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) — View the full text of a study conducted to determine the effects of a single milligram of alprazolam on driving ability, memory and psychomotor performance. The study used 20 healthy volunteers who performed a standardized driving test on a primary highway during normal traffic one hour after oral administration in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover study. The study used the Sternberg Memory Scanning Test, a Continuous Tracking Test, and a Divided Attention Test and found significantly impaired driving quality, decreased alertness, decreased mental activation, and increased mental effort during driving.


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Find a Xanax DUI Defense Attorney in Fort Lauderdale

Were you recently arrested for DUI based on Xanax consumption in Palm Beach County? Do not say anything to authorities until you are able to contact Meltzer & Bell, P.A..

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