Can I Get A DUI On An Electric Scooter In Orlando?
Electric scooters are an increasingly popular way to get around busy areas of Orlando, as well as other cities in Florida. Easily-rentable Bird and Lime electric scooters have been available all over Orlando since 2020 and have only been increasing in popularity since. These scooters may seem like a fun and carefree way to get around, but many people do not understand that they are still being held to the same standard when they ride a scooter as they would be if they were driving a car. In fact, studies show that the majority of people questioned believe that they cannot get a DUI while riding an electric scooter. However, they will not stop them from being charged with one, and ignorance is no defense.
Electric Scooter DUI Orlando
Under Florida law, electric scooters are considered vehicles, so the same rules, laws, and regulations that apply to cars and all other vehicles also apply to electric scooters. If it would be illegal to do it in a car, it is also illegal to do it on a scooter. This is also true when it comes to driving under the influence. You can be charged with a DUI while on an electric scooter if you are driving impaired, have a BAC over .08, and/or have any schedule I substances in your system in any amount. You will notice that while having a BAC over .08 is one way to be charged with a DUI, it is not the only way. If you are operating your scooter in a way that makes you appear to be impaired, such as by swerving, or driving erratically, this may be enough to charge you, particularly in combination with other factors, like the smell of alcohol on your person or a failed field sobriety test. If you are riding a scooter while carrying an open container of alcohol, this will give police probable cause to stop you and ask you to perform a field sobriety test or breathalyzer test.
Consequences for an Electric Scooter DUI in Florida
The consequences for getting a DUI on an electric scooter are exactly the same as they are for getting a DUI in a regular vehicle. There are no lesser punishments or a different standard for cases where the impaired individual was operating an electric scooter. While the consequences can differ depending on the circumstances of your case and your previous criminal history and record of DUIs, you may end up facing penalties like jail time, heavy fines, or probation for an electric scooter DUI. For this reason, it is important to be proactive and contact a lawyer as soon as possible after you are charged.
Contact the DUI Attorneys at HAWM Law
If you have been charged with a DUI in the Orlando, or greater Florida area, the experienced DUI and criminal defense attorneys at HAWM Law are ready to fight for the best possible outcome in your case. Contact HAWM Law today to schedule a consultation.