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Unusual DUI Charges

While many motorists believe they are the only ones who can be charged with driving under the influence, DUI laws have been applied to other vehicles, as well. When it comes to DUI, the law is obviously most widely applied to motor vehicles, including cars, trucks, and motorcycles. However, using any vehicle or even riding an animal while intoxicated can be grounds for a DUI charge according to some jurisdictions.

DUI charges are serious allegations that can do significant damage to a person's future and reputation. Contact the Seattle DUI defense lawyers of the Cowan Kirk Law Firm by calling 1-866-822-1230 for a free legal consultation today.

Unexpected Vehicle Use

The influence of drugs or alcohol can cause an individual to behave in a way that he or she normally would not. This can lead adults to steal children's bikes or go out into public spaces with delusions of space or time. It can also lead to people utilizing various modes of transportation while under the influence. Consider the following modes of transportation that can be ticketed for DUI:

  • Bicycles and tricycles
  • Boats and personal watercraft
  • Horses
  • Buggies, wagons, and carriages
  • Wheelchairs
  • Tractors
  • All-terrain vehicles

While some of these examples are well known, such as riding a bicycle or driving a boat while intoxicated, it remains possible to be charged with a DUI in certain circumstances for using such unexpected vehicles as a motorized wheelchair after or while drinking.

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If you have been charged with a DUI for using an unusual vehicle, knowing your legal rights and local laws can be extremely important in formulating a defense strategy. Contact the Seattle DUI defense attorneys of the Cowan Kirk Law Firm at 1-866-822-1230 today to discuss your claim with a legal advisor.

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Cowan Kirk is known throughout Washington and the nation for representing all of its clients with commitment, creativity and compassion. We recognize how devastating a DUI charge can be, particularly when our clients learn how incredibly tough Washington's DUI laws have become, even for a first-time offender.

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If you need a DUI defense attorney in Seattle, Bellevue, or King County, contact us today to find out why respect for our clients, a passion for justice, and our commitment to winning have earned each of us the highest honor a member of the bar can receive from our colleagues – their referrals.