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Can I Get a DUI in a Parked Car?

It’s common knowledge that you can get a DUI for driving under the influence. However, did you know that in Chicago, you can get a DUI for simply being in your parked vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol?

In order to be arrested for a DUI, you have to have “physical control” of your vehicle. Unfortunately, all that is required to “have control” of your vehicle is to be in possession of your keys, while under the influence.

If you’ve been arrested and charged with a DUI because you were found under the influence in your parked vehicle, there are things that you can do to fight the charges. It would help if you spoke with an experienced Chicago DUI defense attorney at your earliest convenience to discuss your situation.

Reasons for Getting a DUI in a Parked Car

Even if your vehicle is stopped, the officer could have reasons to believe that you had the intent to drive. There are a few different reasons why a Chicago police officer could give you a DUI for being under the influence inside a parked vehicle, and ultimately, the outcome of your case will come down to a few factors:

  • What seat you were sitting in
  • If there were open containers in the vehicle
  • How you acted
  • The statements you gave
  • Whether or not the keys were in your ignition

The Toney Law Firm Is Here to Protect Your Future

At The Toney Law Firm, our team of compassionate Chicago DUI defense attorneys has been helping individuals fight their charges for countless years. We are firm believers that mistakes happen, and people can change when given the opportunity, and we want to help make that possible.

If you’ve been charged with DUI for being in your parked vehicle, our team is here to help. Call us today (888) 473-4058 to learn more about how our team can help you put your charges behind you and move forward with your life.

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