Can the police arrest me for drinking and driving on my own property?

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Answer: Yes, state laws generally permit the arrest of a DUI suspect who is operating a motor vehicle on private property -- for example, on a property owner’s driveway. The police have the right to question and investigate in these cases if there is suspicion that the driver is operating unsafely ... no matter where the vehicle is located.

Is It Possible To Drink And Drive On Private Property?

The laws vary by state, but in general the police have the right to question and test your driving ability, and to arrest you on private property. Here are some examples of places where people used to think it was safe to drive without police intervention but where police occasionally make DUI arrests:

  • Golf Courses
  • Stadium Parking Lots
  • Convenient Store Parking Lots
  • Bar Parking Lots
  • Dirt Roads
  • Driveways

If the police have a  resaonable suspicion that you are operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, they can stop and arrest you. An attorney can give you advice on how to deal with a DUI arrest and what course of action to take if it occurs on private property.

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