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Think twice before you try to sleep off alcohol in the driveway

Many people think that they can sleep off the effects of alcohol quickly; however, this isn't the case. Alcohol is going to take the same amount of time to leave your system regardless of the steps you take to quicken the process.

One thing that many people do is to lay down in their vehicle while they try to let the effects of the alcohol lessen. Even though you might think this is a good idea, it might not be. Did you know that it is possible to face drunk driving charges if you are in a vehicle, even if the vehicle is in a driveway?

The issue that come into the picture in this case is what is going on while you are sleeping. If you are sleeping in the driver's seat of the vehicle and have the keys in the ignition, the police officers could construe that to mean that you either just made it home or are planning on leaving. Because they keys are in the ignition and you are in the driver's seat, you are said to have control of the vehicle.

Generally, drunk driving charges deal with vehicles that are roads. Your driveway likely falls under the same umbrella as a road because the driveway is accessible to vehicles and used by vehicles.

No matter what circumstances are present in drunk driving cases, you have the right to tell your side of the story. You should think carefully about the defense strategies you have available so that you can determine the one that best suits your goals.

Source: FindLaw, "Can You Get a DUI in Your Driveway?," Christopher Coble, Esq., accessed Sep. 14, 2017

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