08Dec 2017

DUI On A Horse??!!

This is perhaps one of the most interesting crimes for an individual to be charged within 2017. Recently, in Florida, a woman was charged with exactly that - DUI while operating a vehicle - a horse! The most likely cause for the charge was the increased likelihood of her hurting someone, including herself or the horse.

There is precedence for the charge. In 1993 a California appellate court ruled that people riding animals are subject to the same laws of the road as people riding motorized vehicles. In other words, reckless behavior is reckless behavior whether it is on a horse, a moped or a tractor-trailer.

Whether or not the charge goes through will be interesting, so we will be following the case. Given the court's and society's intolerance of DUI, the charges will most likely stick. If you live in Burlington, Essex, Colchester, Winooski, Williston, Shelburne or anywhere in the State of Vermont, and have been arrested or charged with DUI or any crime, call Handy Law for aggressive and experienced legal defense.