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Can I get arrested for DUI while driving a scooter?

Many college students embrace modes of transportation alternative to automobiles. Many walk, bike and even skateboard when it is convenient to do so. There are a host of reasons why alternative transportation is attractive to college students. Lower costs, smaller carbon footprints and ease of travel are just a few of the reasons why a younger demographic is often drawn to modes of transportation beyond traditional automobiles.

However, it is important to understand that these modes of transportation are not risk-free. Most of the roads in America were designed and constructed with automobiles in mind, so safety is a constant concern during travel. In addition, many of these modes of transportation are subject to the same laws as automobiles are. For example, it is possible to be charged with drunk driving when driving a scooter or a moped while intoxicated.

Legal consequences

Formal driving while intoxicated or driving while under the influence charges can generally be filed any time an individual operates a motorized vehicle while legally drunk. Unfortunately, when students are arrested for intoxicated driving they tend to face consequences on three separate levels. First, they face potential criminal consequences. Second, they face potential civil consequences. Finally, they often face educational consequences governed by the university they are enrolled in.

If you are facing a DUI charge related to a scooter or moped incident, a criminal defense attorney can aid you in dealing with all three kinds of consequences. Criminal consequences tend to be tied to punishments such as community service, jail time, ignition interlock installation and fines. Civil consequences may include restitution to anyone harmed by your conduct and a loss of your driver's license for a time. Especially if you are a first-time offender, an experienced attorney may be able to aid you in mitigating the severity of these potential consequences.

Educational consequences

The potential educational consequences that a student may face in the wake of a DUI charge are specific to the institution where that student is enrolled. If you are navigating this situation, you may be compelled to attend an honor code hearing and your enrollment at your university may be in jeopardy.

Thankfully, most institutions will allow you to have your attorney present as you navigate this process. If you can hire an attorney with extensive experience defending students in similar situations, this may help to place you in the best position to remain enrolled in school regardless of your legal situation.

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