|reply to elefante72 |
Re: Having been involved in such an accident
You most certainly can get a DUI/DWI under the influence of Xanax or even cold medicine for that matter.
Driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while impaired or intoxicated (DWI) does not just relate to an intoxicated driver that has consumed alcohol. It is possible to be convicted of DUI or DWI when the driver has used a drug, whether a legal or illegal drug, and whether prescribed by a physician or not.
In many states, the definition of a drug is very broad, and typically includes any substance that can affect a person's mental or physical capacities to the extent that driving may be affected. In fact, it is possible to be convicted of driving under the influence of drugs where the drug is of the over-the-counter variety, such as cold medicine, or even coffee or caffeine pills, if their consumption results in impairment.