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Can I Get A Dui Arrest If I'm Operating Something Other Than A Car?

When most people hear the term, "driving under the influence," they instantly think of someone who gets behind the wheel of a car after having one too many. But did you know that driving a car while drunk or high isn’t the only way to put yourself at risk for a DUI arrest?

In fact, a California man was recently arrested after riding a horse down a highway in Long Beach. According to The Orange County Register, the man, who was identified as Luis Alfredo Perez, was stopped by local police who performed several sobriety tests. It was ultimately determined that Perez’ blood-alcohol level was .21 which is more than twice the legal limit. Perez was arrested and taken to a nearby police station and charged with a DUI. As bizarre as this story may be, it’s an opportunity to explain that DUI charges aren’t just exclusive to cars.

So, are you ready to find out which other "vehicles" can get you charged with a DUI arrest? Keep reading to find out...

Vehicles That You Cannot Operate While Under The Influence

Although laws can vary from state to state, the following vehicles are generally not allowed to be operated while under the influence of drugs or alcohol:

  • Cars

  • Horses

  • Motorcycles

  • Mopeds

  • Bicycles

  • Lawn Mower/Farm Equipment

  • Construction Equipment

  • Golf Carts

Essentially, any vehicle with a motor should not be operated while under the influence, but there are some exceptions such as horses and bikes.

Depending on the state, it may be possible that the weight of the charge can vary depending on the vehicle. For example, the consequences of a DUI arrest involving a car may be more severe than a DUI arrest involving a bike.

It is also important to know that you may still be at risk for a DUI arrest even if the vehicle isn’t moving when you’re approached by police.

What to Do After a DUI Arrest

If you’ve been drinking, the smartest thing to do is avoid driving a vehicle of any kind. Unfortunately, people don’t always make that choice.

No matter what kind of vehicle you were operating at the time of your arrest, a DUI is a very serious offense.

The first thing you should do is contact a trusted attorney who has experience dealing with DUI cases. Trying to handle the situation on your own could result in making matters worse.

Your attorney will be able to help you understand your charge(s) and can represent you in court.

On the other hand, if you if you were in an accident and/or injured as a result of someone else who was driving under the influence, you should also contact a lawyer immediately.

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Attorney Brian Lee Nash has nearly a decade of experience working with a wide range of clients. He brings a vast amount of knowledge, drive, and determination to every case he works with.

If you or someone you know has been arrested for a DUI, attorney Brian Lee Nash can help. Contact Nash Law, PLLC today at 615-628-7555.

This article was written by the author on behalf of Nash Law, PLLC.