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Can You Only Get a DUI in a Car?


Contrary to popular belief, a car is not the only vehicle in which you can be charged with a DUI. Learn the other vehicles in which you may be charged with a DUI to stay informed and protect your rights.

Non-Automobile DUI

Driving under the influence (DUI) can be charged to those who operate a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at or above the legal limit of 0.08%. While most people think of cars as the only vehicles in which you can be charged with a DUI, there are several other vehicles for which you can receive a DUI.

The following have been found to qualify as “motor vehicles” under many states’ DUI laws:

  • All-terrain vehicles

  • Lawn mowers

  • Golf carts

  • Go-carts

  • Construction equipment

  • Horses

If law enforcement catches you operating one of the aforementioned methods of transportation with a BAC at or above the legal limit, they may charge you with a DUI. This is why it’s in your best interest to always be cognizant of your BAC, even if you do not plan on driving a car after drinking.

This area of law can be difficult for individuals to navigate through on their own, which is why it’s in your best interest to contact one of our knowledgeable DUI defense attorneys who can protect your rights.

Virginia Landry, our managing partner, is one of five attorneys in California who is board-certified in DUI defense. Let us put our expertise in this area of law to work for you.

Contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry at (949) 694-8804 to learn how we can assist you today.