It’s a question that many people ask DUI attorneys. If you are driving on private property – for instance, in a big parking lot or an open field – and you’re driving under the influence, is it a crime? Can you be arrested, charged, and convicted of DUI on private property? In California, the answer to that question is yes. If you’re charged with DUI in Orange County, and you were driving on private property at the time you were stopped, call and consult with an experienced Orange County DUI lawyer as quickly as possible
In a 1992 case (People v. Malvitz), the California Court of Appeals determined that Ronald Malvitz was guilty of DUI although he was arrested for driving on private property inside a private storage facility. Malvitz had maintained that because he was not on a public street, the California DUI law did not apply. The Court of Appeals, however, concluded that legislators intended to forbid driving under the influence everywhere in California including private properties. The Court explained in its ruling that impaired drivers are a danger to innocent people and property not only on the public streets but also on private properties.
If you are charged with DUI in California – on private property, on the interstate, or anywhere else in the state – retain immediately the counsel and help of an experienced Orange County DUI lawyer. A good DUI lawyer can protect your legal rights, assess the details of your case, and guide you through the legal procedures. Don’t try to act as your own attorney, and don’t plead guilty to the charge – too much is at stake. Instead, fight the charge. If you’re facing a DUI allegation in Orange County or elsewhere in southern California, insist on your right to have a lawyer present during questioning, and contact an experienced Orange County DUI defense attorney immediately.