You don’t have to be in a car to get a DUI

On Behalf of | Dec 29, 2020 | DUI |

Naturally, most DUI charges happen to those who are driving cars, trucks and other vehicles. But does changing your mode of transportation protect you from a potential DUI?

Say, for instance, that you plan to go out drinking with some friends who are in town for the weekend. You haven’t seen them in a while and you know it’s going to be a long and rowdy night. There’s no chance you’ll be sober enough to drive home from the bar.

So you plan ahead. You ride your bike to the bar. This way, you can simply ride it home whenever it’s time to leave and you know you won’t get a DUI because you’re not driving, right?

Actually, Florida law says that anyone on any vehicle can get a DUI. A bicycle is just another type of vehicle. If the police see you riding under the influence, they can stop you and arrest you for DUI.

The same is true for other “minor” vehicles that are not traditional cars or trucks. Say you live in a housing development near a golf course and you own your own golf cart. If you decide to drive that to the bar rather than take your car, you can still be charged with driving under the influence. Like a bike, a golf cart or other electric vehicle you may drive around the neighborhood is considered a vehicle.

People are sometimes surprised to find themselves facing DUI charges, especially when they were attempting to be safe and responsible. If you do find yourself in this position, it’s wise to talk with an experienced attorney.