Think the only way to get charged with drunk driving is by being loaded while driving your car? Think again. Florida’s statute on driving under the influence (DUI) says that you’re guilty of drunk driving if your blood alcohol level is .08% or higher and you’re “driving or in actual physical control of a vehicle within this state.”
That opens up a lot of possibilities when it comes to DUI charges. For example, one of the most common ways that people get busted for drunk driving when they’re not actually driving at all is by trying to “sleep it off” in their cars before they head home. Maybe you had one beer too many at the bar and thought you’d just tuck your keys in your pocket and sleep in the backseat of your car until you sobered up — but that still leaves you technically “in control” of the vehicle and subject to arrest.
Here are a few other unexpected ways that you can end up busted for drunk driving:
- On a golf cart. Florida is among a handful of states that have specifically outlawed driving a golf cart while drunk. It doesn’t matter if you’re on a golf course, inside a gated community or elsewhere.
- On a horse. Numerous states have this law on the books — and they will enforce it. While a horse isn’t technically “a vehicle,” you still shouldn’t be riding one while inebriated because you and the animal alike could end up hurt.
- On an ATV. These vehicles are built for speed and built for fun, and people tend to think that the normal rules about drinking and driving don’t apply when they’re racing an ATV on some dirt roads — but that’s a mistake. ATVs are still vehicles and driving one while intoxicated is still illegal.
Frankly, the only thing you should ever be driving when you’ve been drinking is a bar stool — or you risk an arrest, so keep this fact in mind. If you make a mistake, however, don’t try to talk your way out of the situation. Call a defense attorney instead.