DUI in a Golf Cart
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly one-third of traffic deaths are caused by alcohol impairment. Needless to say, deaths and injuries caused by inebriated drivers are common across the United States. In Illinois, this crime, known as driving under the influence, is taken very seriously. Operating any motorized vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is prohibited. This extends to less common modes of transportation, such as golf carts.
If you have been charged with a DUI, you may be confused as to why you are being treated like a criminal, especially if you were pulled over while driving a golf cart. Our Chicago DUI lawyers at O’Meara Law know that many DUI accusations arise from misunderstandings and simple mistakes. With over 20 years of experience in the courtroom, Attorney Michael O’Meara will use his experience and knowledge to present your case in a positive light. He will work tirelessly to get your criminal charges thrown out or reduced.
If you would like to protect your freedom, call 312-909-0706 now for a free consultation.
Driving Under the Influence in a Golf Cart
Driving under the influence is defined as operating any motorized vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) above .08 percent or while intoxicated by drugs. In most cases, the amount of alcohol in your body is measured using a breathalyzer test. While at the time of your arrest it may seem as if you must agree to a breathalyzer, this is not the case. If you refuse to take the test and are arrested, your charges may be dropped for lack of probable cause. However, you may also face an administrative license revocation.
If you were driving a golf cart when you were pulled over for driving under the influence, you may be wondering why you are even being charged with a crime. Although operating a golf cart does not require a license, the DUI laws in Illinois are extended to include golf carts as motorized vehicles. You might also be charged with a golf cart DUI if you were driving in an area meant for other vehicles.
Criminal and Collateral Consequences of DUI in a Golf Cart
If you take a breathalyzer test and your results show that your BAC was above .08 percent, or if you simply refuse to take a chemical test, you will have your license suspended for six months or one year, respectively. You will also be subject to a number of criminal penalties if your case is taken to court. Sentences for first-time DUI often include the following:
- A fine of up to $1,000
- Up to six months in jail
- A drug and alcohol course
- Court ordered community service
If you are convicted of a DUI, you may also have to face consequences are more long-term. With a criminal record, it may be difficult to find a job. Many employers avoid hiring those who have been convicted of crimes. Your attempts to continue your education might also be difficult, as most colleges have strict admissions guidelines. Qualifying for scholarships might also be next to impossible.
How Attorney Michael O’Meara Can Help
With the help of a skilled lawyer, you may be able to employ a number of effective defenses for your case. For example, it might be possible to get your charges eliminated if you were abused at the time of your arrest. Not being read your Miranda rights is another way of proving that you were violated. It might also be the case that you subjected to an illegal vehicle search when you were pulled over. Without a warrant or probable cause, officers are not allowed to search your vehicle.
Our Chicago DUI attorneys at O’Meara Law know that DUI charges can be stressful. You may be worried about how your family will survive if you are sent to jail, or how you will be able to keep your current job. Our skilled legal team will handle all of the technical aspects of your case. You deserve to have your rights protected.
Call 312-909-0706 today to see how you can avoid a criminal conviction.