Can You Get Arrested for a DUI for Sitting in a Parked Car?

Can You Get Arrested for a DUI for Sitting in a Parked Car?

Posted By Salvador Law Group || Aug 9, 2019

When people think of DUI, they may picture someone operating a car while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. However, it’s possible to be charged with DUI for other reasons, including operating another type of vehicle—ATV, boat, etc.—while intoxicated, or even while not operating a vehicle at all. Get the facts on DUI law so you know how to defend your rights.

Control of the Vehicle

The determination of whether or not you are in control of your vehicle while drunk is a contributing factor in receiving a DUI charge. Arizona, like most states in the country, prohibits operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher.

If you are sitting or sleeping in your car with a BAC at or above the legal limit, and it’s apparent the car could soon be made operational—such as the key in the ignition, the headlights on, the engine running—a police officer may make a determination that because you have the ability to begin driving at any moment, you are in control of the vehicle. Since it is illegal to be in control of a vehicle while intoxicated, a police officer may then be able to charge you with DUI, even if you are not actually driving.

Charged with DUI? Contact Us Today

If you have been charged with DUI, it’s important to contact a qualified criminal defense attorney to protect your rights. At Salvador Law Group, our Phoenix attorneys examine each case closely and will fight to get you the best possible result. We understand the complexities of Arizona’s DUI laws and we can provide the personalized and aggressive defense you need.

Contact Salvador Law Group at (602) 842-6222 for a consultation with our team.

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