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Do not sleep off a DUI in your car

DUIs carry serious consequences. When a police officer pulls you over on suspicion of driving under the influence, you want to do everything in your power to avoid further penalties. One Florida man in Miami apparently did not receive the memo because he chugged a beer during a recent traffic stop. 

Many people have enough common sense to not drive when intoxicated. Some people think it is best to get some rest in their cars after a night of drinking. However, you need to be careful if you do this in Florida. The police can still arrest you for DUI should they catch you asleep inside your car with control of the vehicle. 

What does it mean to have control of the car?

A large part of this factor comes down to the arresting officer's discretion, but there are things you can do to make it clear to a jury you were not in control of the vehicle. The location of where you slept matters a lot. If you want to snooze, then you should do so in the back seat rather than the driver's seat. Additionally, you should keep the keys out of the ignition. If the engine is on, then the officer will see you could have driven at a moment's notice, putting other people in danger. It is best to keep the keys in the glove box or trunk. 

Additionally, it matters where you parked your car. You may be in the parking lot, in which case it is clear that you did not drive your car after spending the night at a bar. However, if you pulled off to the side of the road after drinking, the cops will assume you drove drunk earlier. 

For the most part, you will be better off staying out of your car entirely after drinking. Instead, you should find a nearby hotel to sleep in. You could also find another way to get home, such as taking a taxi or Uber. 

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