Can I be Charged with a DUI while Riding an Electric Scooter?

June 22, 2020

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Getting from Point A to Point B in Fort Pierce is now just a scooter ride away. As our city welcomes electric scooters to its streets, you may be enticed to find your inner child and hop on one.

It is Friday after work, and you decide to meet up with friends for a few drinks. Next, you and your group find yourselves on the streets riding those new electric scooters. The thought never enters your mind that you could possibly get a DUI while happily enjoying your ride. It is not a motor vehicle after all, right? It may sound like a lot of fun, but it is never a good idea to ride a scooter while under the influence. With electric scooters being ever so prevalent on our streets now, it is important to understand the rights you have while on one and the laws that apply to electric scooters while under the influence.
If you are arrested for DUI on an electric scooter, you face the same penalties as a DUI when operating a motor vehicle. The issue is that Florida’s definition of what counts as a “vehicle” is broad. Under Florida DUI law a vehicle is viewed as anything that can be used to transport someone or something from one place to another.
If you are charged with driving under the influence, you are facing suspension of your driver’s license, steep fines, community service and potential jail time. It is important that you contact a qualified DUI attorney if you are being charged with driving under the influence – no matter what kind of “vehicle” you were in. For a more in-depth explanation as to what the penalties of a DUI conviction could be, please read What are the potential penalties for a DUI conviction. 
As a DUI attorney, we can help you understand your charges, build a defense and defend you against a conviction. Contact the Law Office of Brian H. Mallonee at (772) 464-1991 to discuss the facts of your case.
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