In Florida, they don’t – um – horse around when it comes to making arrests for driving under the influence (DUI). In fact, such an eventuality recently came to pass for a woman who was charged with drunk driving while drunkenly riding her horse down a Florida road. The woman tested at twice the legal limit for blood alcohol content (BAC), and she now faces charges of both DUI and animal neglect.
Setting the Scene
The county sheriff released a statement which reveals that the woman on horseback was obviously in no condition to have taken to any road – much less the often-busy road that she was on. A driver who passed the drunken driver atop the horse alerted the authorities to what she identified as a woman who is confused and possibly in danger. This isn’t to mention the fact that the woman also endangered everyone else on the road.
They Do Things a Bit Differently in Florida
In Florida, a vehicle is defined as every device in, upon, or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway, and a horse happens to fit this bill. In Florida, you can be charged with a DUI while riding a bike or riding a horse – no motor need be involved.
Not So in New Jersey
While this is a unique DUI case, it’s important to point out that New Jersey doesn’t roll that way. In New Jersey, you can only be charged with a DUI if you are operating a motor vehicle. This is not to say, however, that another charge couldn’t be brought against you if you made the unfortunate decision to take to your steed and drunkenly ride it down one of New Jersey’s busy streets.
If You’re Facing a DUI Charge in New Jersey, Call 732-662-7658 for a Free Consultation Today
New Jersey takes its DUI charges very seriously, and so should you. When facing a charge of DUI, you have a lot to lose – but you also have important rights. New Jersey’s DUI law is complicated, and your case is too important not to retain an experienced DUI Attorney. Allow the Law Offices of Leon Matchin to aggressively advocate for both you and your rights – as we guide your case toward its best possible resolution. We’re here to help, so please give us a call at 732-662-7658 or contact us online today.