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Do I Have to Be In a Car to Get a DUI?

When people think of driving under the influence, they picture a vehicle of some sort. Typically, thoughts turn to a car or truck. People may have read the odd story of someone being charged with DUI while driving a tractor or boat, sometimes even a bicycle, but these stories are few and far between. Many don’t realize that a vehicle, as defined by law, covers a wide range of motorized and non-motorized equipment and machinery.

For example, ATV riding is a popular pastime in Georgia and elsewhere. People ride ATVs as a leisure activity, and hunters use them for quick, versatile transportation. Many people think nothing of having an adult beverage or two and then operating a recreational vehicle. Unfortunately, this can be a costly mistake.

In Georgia, operating an ATV or any other vehicle while under the influence of alcohol is a crime. According to Georgia law, you may be charged with either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances and previous charges.

A DUI conviction in Georgia is serious. You will have immediate consequences to pay combined with some that last a lifetime. If you are suspected of DUI in Atlanta and arrested for the crime, you need an experienced defense attorney.