Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs is a serious offense that can result in fines, jail time, license suspension and other penalties. For immigrants, the stakes are even higher, as a DUI could result in deportation.
Did you know you could get arrested for drunk driving even if you are not operating a car or truck? You might be surprised to learn that Kentucky’s DUI laws apply to more than these standard modes of transportation.
What does the law say?
Under state law, “vehicle” basically means any conveyance capable of transporting property or people on a highway. In other words, it might be possible to face DUI charges for operating or physically controlling conveyances, such as:
- Farm equipment
- Golf carts
- Horse or horse-drawn carriages
Yes, you can indeed get a DUI on horseback here in Kentucky. State laws apply to any means of transportation capable of being operated in a public place, including horses. Riding a horse while you are impaired can result in the same penalties as driving a car while impaired.
Special concerns for immigrants
If you are not a naturalized citizen, a DUI puts a black mark on your record that could be used as evidence in a deportation hearing. It is vital to seek experienced guidance to avoid this worst-case scenario. A legal representative can investigate to determine if the DUI was justified or perhaps the result of immigrant harassment or discrimination.
Of course, immigrants are not the only ones who face potentially serious consequences in the face of a DUI arrest. Legal guidance can benefit anyone who has been arrested and charged with impaired driving.