Can I Get a DUI if I am Driving Something Other Than My Car?
Absolutely. State DUI laws can vary quite a bit, but you may get a DUI for operating some of the following while under the influence of alcohol:
- lawn mower/other farm equipment
- golf cart
- horse or horse-drawn carriage/vehicle
- boat or water vehicle (but there is usually a separate law for Boating Under the Influence (BUI))
The DUI laws in most states will prohibit either the operation of a "vehicle" or of a "motor vehicle" while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs. Because the exact definition of "motor vehicle" and "vehicle" may not be explicitly included in the law itself, it is up to the court to determine whether or not you can be charged with a DUI. The court may look at a number of factors such as:
- if the vehicle is motorized or requires something beyond just human force to make it move, you can usually get a DUI if you are operating it (this includes bicycles and mopeds, even if you are pedaling them at the time you are pulled over, but would not include a skateboard)
- if the vehicle is not motor-powered, it is not likely that you can get a DUI (such as riding a horse or rollerskates)
Do the Penalties Differ Depending on the Type of Vehicle?
DUI laws are different for every state, and your state may impose lesser charges if you get a DUI on your bicycle or other vehicle, as opposed to in your car, but they are not required to do so. You should always designate a driver and stay away from operating any and all vehicles if you have been drinking.
What Should I Do if I am Charged With a DUI?
Regardless of the vehicle you were operating, if you are arrested for a DUI, you should contact a DUI attorney immediately to learn about your rights and the defenses available to you.
If you are the victim of a DUI, you should contact a personal injury attorney immediately to seek just compensation for your injuries.
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Last Modified: 12-10-2012 02:14 PM PST
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