What is Driving or Actual Physical Control in a DUI Case?

In Arizona, you may be cited for DUI even without actively driving the vehicle. This stems from the “Actual Physical Control” doctrine, which stipulates that having the capability to operate the vehicle—whether or not it’s in motion—could result in a DUI charge. This often applies to instances where individuals are found sleeping in the driver’s seat or have stopped to rest. The visual shows a man dressed in a light-colored polo shirt with a logo on the left side, speaking earnestly. Behind him, graphics emphasize the topic of discussion with the text “DRIVING OR ACTUAL PHYSICAL CONTROL in a DUI case” against a teal backdrop, highlighting the legal distinctions pertinent to DUI charges.

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