Many people falsely believe that as long as they took a medication as prescribed by their doctor, it is legal to operate a car after taking it. However, there are many prescribed medications that can negatively impact your ability to operate a vehicle. From painkillers and muscle relaxants to benzodiazepines like Xanax, there are many prescription medications that can earn you a driving under the influence charge in the state of Florida. Xanax, also called alprazolam, is an anti-anxiety medication that is increasingly causing DUI charges for residents of Florida.
Due in no small part to our state's very tough marijuana possession laws, thousands of people face misdemeanor or felony-level drug charges in Florida every year. Many of those people aren't even residents, but are tourists that come to the state for spring break or to bask on our beaches.