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Defining a Vehicle in a DWI Case

Depending on the circumstances of the arrest, a police officer may use a liberal definition of a vehicle when charging someone with DWI. While the basis for any DWI charge is that an individual was allegedly intoxicated while operating a vehicle, the law often leaves the precise definition of a vehicle intentionally vague. This allows law enforcement officers to arrest individuals who are operating many different modes of transportation.

For more information regarding your legal rights and options if you have been charged with DWI, contact the Raleigh DWI defense lawyers at the Law Office of Jim Black at 919-600-4609. Let our experienced legal advisors assist you today.

Unusual DWI Arrests

The vast majority of DWI arrests occur when a person is caught operating a car or truck while under the influence of alcohol or another intoxicant. However, there are some charges that are filed against intoxicated operators that do not involve traditional motor vehicles.

These uncommon arrests include the following modes of transportation:

  • Personal watercraft and boats
  • Motorcycles
  • Bicycles
  • Golf carts
  • All-terrain vehicles
  • Horses and donkeys
  • Tractors and other farm equipment
  • Wagons and buggies

These vehicles may be contested as a legal “vehicle” for DWI purposes. A defendant should consult with an experienced DWI defense attorney regarding their case’s specific details.

Contact Us

If you have been charged with DWI, the consequences may prove particularly severe. To learn more about your options as a defendant, contact the Raleigh DWI defense attorneys at the Law Office of Jim Black today by calling 919-600-4609.


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