You don't necessarily have to be behind the wheel of a street legal vehicle to be charged with DUI. You could be arrested even if you're operating an ATV, or any other vehicle, under the influence of alcohol.
Officers recently stopped a man for riding His ATV under the influence of alcohol. The person was riding his ATV on the road, and was cited with DUI, and several other violations. This wasn't the man's first DUI conviction. He had earlier been convicted of DUI on more than one occasion.
In fact, you don't even have to ride your ATV or motorized wheelchair, or any other vehicle on a public road to be arrested for DUI. Even if you're driving under the influence on private property, you could be stopped and charged with DUI. So, if you ride an ATV on private property in California, and operate the vehicle under the influence of alcohol, you could definitely be arrested for DUI.
There are many aspects to California's DUI laws that people may not be aware of. That's why it is so important to get legal guidance as soon as you are arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. Under California codes, your arrest will be charged under drunk driving laws. In California, it is a misdemeanor to operate a vehicle while intoxicated, and a misdemeanor to operate a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration that is equal to or greater than .08%. You will be charged in both of these cases, although you may be punished for only one.
There are certain rules that must apply to your arrest. For instance, police must have sufficient evidence of probable cause before they arrest you. Police must advise you that you do not have to submit to field sobriety testing, and that you do not have to submit to a test with a portable breathalyzer device.
Speak your Los Angeles DUI defense attorney to determine whether all of these rules were adhered to in your case, and to understand the kind of defenses that will work for you.