Most people understand that driving under the influence of alcohol is a serious criminal offense, and that police have the authority to pull you over for questioning if they see signs of impairment behind the wheel. What many people may not realize, however, is that it’s possible to be arrested for DUI outside of the typical scenario. Police officers have a duty to protect their communities from harm. So, even if you’re not driving a car on a public street, if you’re impaired, there’s a chance you may get caught and face legal consequences.
You Can Get a DUI in a Golf Cart
Golf carts can be found all over South Florida. They’re a popular mode of transportation for getting around private communities, small towns, or getting to and from Main Street without dealing with traffic and paying for parking. They’re a favorite in retirement and gated communities to get to and from various amenities. Yet, even though they don’t move very fast, a driver who puts his life, his passengers’ lives, and others’ lives at risk by driving a golf cart dangerously can face an encounter with a law enforcement officer. An officer who determines that alcohol may have played a role in the reckless operation of a golf cart may issue a DUI and arrest the driver.
You Can Get a DUI When Your Car is Parked
In Florida, you can get a DUI for taking the supposedly “safe” action of sleeping off your intoxication in your car. If you’re in your vehicle and your car is parked, you can get arrested for being “in actual physical control of a vehicle.” Actual physical control means that your keys are near you and you could decide to start your car at any time.
You Can Get a DUI While Riding Your Bike
A bicycle without a motor still counts as a vehicle under Florida law. A driver is considered anyone who drives or is in actual physical control of a vehicle on the road. If your normal faculties are impaired while riding your bike, or your BAC is 0.08 or higher, you can still be arrested for DUI.
You Can Get a DUI on Private Property
Florida law states that no motorized vehicle may be legally operated under the influence, no matter where the vehicle is located. The state’s broad definition of DUI means that you can’t drive under the influence legally, even if you drive any vehicle on your own land. Police officers may still approach and arrest you for DUI on private property.
Operating Watercraft Under the Influence
Boating, riding a jet ski, or operating another type of watercraft is a severe misdemeanor crime just like driving under the influence. In Florida especially, cases of boating under the influence are common. Operating a boat while impaired can put countless lives at risk, and many serious accidents take place on the water each year, resulting in injuries and death.
If you’re boating and an officer wishes to check that everything is on the up-and-up, they need no reasonable suspicion to stop and inspect your boat. This is different from driving a vehicle under the influence, in which officers require reasonable suspicion to stop a driver and probable cause to place him under arrest.
The Vehicle Doesn’t Matter. The Defense Attorney Does. Trust a DUI Defense Lawyer
No matter what type of vehicle you were arrested in, the officer must have proof that your BAC was at or above 0.08 or you were impaired for the prosecution to gain a conviction. As a first-degree misdemeanor offense, a DUI could lead to a maximum of one year in jail, in addition to fines and other consequences.
At The Law Office of Gabriel & Gabriel, attorney Brian P. Gabriel puts all his resources to work to defend your case, investigating each fact to uncover evidence that he can use to your advantage. There are several ways a DUI charge can be dismissed or reduced to a lesser offense. Find out what approach may work best with a free consultation. Call 561-622-5575 or complete a contact form today.