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.
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.
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.
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:
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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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