Can I be charged with a DUI in Rhode Island if I’m in a Parking Lot?

Yes. A person may be convicted for operating or driving a vehicle anywhere in the state. It is conceivable that someone could be convicted for driving under the influence while he or she was pulling in or backing out of a private driveway or driving in a parking lot. All that need be shown is that the person was driving and was under the influence of an intoxicating liquor to a degree that rendered the driver incapable of safe operation at the time he or she was driving.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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