By Ladyfarquard - 21/07/2019 04:03
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You're not allowed to control any vehicle while drunk. Biking or Boating count. Probably horses as well. You should know this and not put people in danger while you are drunk. This is no one's fault but your own.
Horses should't count; they can control themselves and know the way to their barn, so you can basically sleep in the carriage behind and let them do their job.
Merely sitting in the driver's seat (even w/o keys) while drunk is enough to get charged because by sitting there, you've signified that you're taking control of said vehicle and assuming all pertinent responsibilities. Instead, hide the keys under a seat and sit on the passenger side. When questioned, inform the police officer that you're waiting for the driver to return. That's how to legally "sleep it off" before driving home w/o repercussions.
I know in NY/NJ if a Cop sees you come out from a bar/club you can be charged with intent to drink and drive. Same goes if you have beer in your back seat or any alcohol that's easily opened. Really more info needs to be given.
You can be charged with a DUI if there is a chance for you to be in operation of a vehicle. Even if you're in the backseat of your car with the keys and the car turned off, there is reasonable expectation that you could get into the front and turn the car on. DUIs are largely based on "are you drunk and can you become operational of a vehicle", not just "are you drunk and driving a vehicle".