I Wasn’t Driving a Car: Could I Still Be Facing DUI Allegations?
Did you know that you don’t necessarily need to be operating a car at the time of an arrest in order to be assessed with a DUI? You can still get a DUI on a number of different vehicles. The law varies from one state to another, but you can actually get a first-time DUI offense or any subsequent DUI offense for riding any motorized vehicle. The law is extremely strict when it comes to driving motorized vehicles under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
While on land, you could be arrested for drunk driving a motorcycle, car, golf cart, snowmobile, moped, ride-on mower or farm equipment. A motorized wheelchair could even lead to your first-time DUI offense charges. You are not even safe from the potential consequences of DUI allegations while on the water. Every state maintains strict laws about boating under the influence. As you can see, all motorized vehicles are tied to a potential DUI if you’re found to be under the influence.
Although many DUI offenses are linked to the use of motorized vehicles, they can also come as a result of non-motorized vehicles too. While intoxicated, certain states have laws in place that make it illegal to ride non-motorized vehicles such as a bicycle. Make sure that you are clear on your state’s laws and that if you have been accused of violating DUI laws, that you consult with an attorney immediately.
Understanding how a lawyer can be used to help you fight these severe charges is extremely important. You have too much on the line to consider as it relates to your freedom and your future if you do not hire a New Jersey lawyer you can trust.
Ready to talk options with a knowledgeable NJ criminal defense lawyer? Get assistance with your DUI case by calling 609.385.4010 or by filling out our convenient online contact form in order to reach the Law Offices of John W. Tumelty.
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