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Fighting A DUI Your Received While Not Driving

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Driving while under the influence of any alcohol or controlled substances can lead to a DUI. Driving drunk on the road and being pulled over will have serious consequences. For these reasons it is appropriate to stay off of the road when you are under the influence. There are times where you may not be driving, but you would potentially be charged with a DUI. If you are sitting in the front of your vehicle that is turned on or if you are found in the front of a vehicle when you are drunk, you could be charged with DUI. Fighting these DUI cases where you aren't driving will take a different standard of proof. To fight an unfair DUI, here are some points you can bring up in court. 

You were waiting inside of the vehicle for a person or a tow 

It is conceivable that you started your vehicle to wait for a friend to come out to drive you home. If you and a designated driver rode in your vehicle together to get drinks, the designated driver can be driving you home. Keeping your own keys that include your house or car key is possible as is starting the vehicle for the person if there are any intricacies to how the car works. If you were not driving but instead had a driver or you were waiting for a tow to come, sitting inside of your car did not mean that you were operating the vehicle. 

Prove that your car was safest

If you are in a bar or a club location that is not in the best part of town, taking care of your safety means not being on the streets. If you wanted to leave the bar but you were concerned about your safety, sitting inside of your vehicle could have been the best option. If police pulled up while you were sitting inside of your vehicle you can explain that you were inside of your vehicle due to safety reasons. Safety is a good reason for being in your own car, as long as you are not operating the car. 

You were planning to remain inside of the car 

It is not uncommon to find people who are asleep or resting inside of their car after they have had too many drinks. If you cannot get a ride home for any reason you may decide to remain asleep inside of the car. If you were settling in to remain in your vehicle until you were sober, this can be a reason to fight the DUI that you have from being inside of the car. 

Contact a DUI attorney for more help.


14 January 2019