Trying To Avoid A DUI/DWI Charge? Here Are 4 Things To Know

Myths and rumors go around all the time. When they concern the law, however, you can end up in a lot of trouble if you rely on what that friend of a friend at the bar told you that he heard was true. Here are some things you should know.

Your driveway isn't a safety zone.

Many people have heard that if you make it to your driveway while a police car is following you that you can run into the house and be "safe" from pursuit. They mistakenly believe that an officer can't follow them into the house without a warrant. Then, they can claim that they started drinking only after they got home.

Officers in pursuit of someone trying to evade arrest are allowed to follow them inside private residences. Not only are you likely to get charged with driving under the influence, you're also likely to get charged with resisting arrest.

Golf carts are considered motor vehicles.

Some people try to skirt the laws on drunken driving by hopping behind the wheel of a golf cart instead. Unfortunately for them, golf carts are considered motor vehicles and getting behind the wheel of any motor vehicle while you're impaired will likely lead to your arrest. Keep in mind that you could end up with additional charges if you happen to be driving on a suspended license.

Biking while intoxicated might also be illegal.

Whether or not it is illegal in your state to ride a bike while intoxicated often depends upon the wording of the law and the local court's interpretation of it. In places where the laws specifically apply to "motor vehicles," the laws usually don't apply to bicycles. In places where the laws are phrased more generally, they are often interpreted as applying to bikes as well.

Riding a horse can also get you in trouble.

Some states, especially those with a significant Amish community, actually include horse and horse-driven buggies in their DUI/DWI laws. Some just include the generic term "non-motorized" vehicles and include horses in that category. Even in places that don't have specific laws to speak to the issue, you could end up being charged with public intoxication (or being drunk and disorderly, depending on your location) or even animal cruelty (should you drive the horse into someplace dangerous). Either way, it seems like you are better off leaving the horse in the barn.

Don't fall for any of these creative, but untrue, myths about what you can do to get around the drunk driving laws. Somebody has already tried it and found that it doesn't work. If anything, it could end up compounding your problem. If you do get picked up on a DUI/DWI charge, talk to an attorney, like Bayley & Mangan Law Office, today about your case.