Can I get a DUI in a parked car?

In Arizona you may be charged with a DUI if you are sitting in a parked car after consuming an alcoholic beverage even if you never actually drove the vehicle.  An Arizona DUI consists of being in actual physical control of a vehicle, having some amount of alcohol in your system and being impaired to at least the slightest degree.  Actual physical control may be shown by evidence that you were sitting in the driver’s seat with the keys in the ignition. 

The purpose of the field sobriety tests is to give the officer probable cause to arrest you for a DUI.  If you submitted to the field sobriety tests, it may adversely affect your case.  However, you still may have defenses that you could raise to help defeat the charges or negotiate a better plea.

AZ criminal lawyer Jeremy Geigle has successfully defended individuals with numerous types of charges. Call Jeremy today at (480) 818-9943 for a free consultation regarding your questions.

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