Yes, Motorized Wheelchairs are Vehicle Too

download (37)A man has been arrested for DUI in the state of Florida while using his motorized wheelchair. According to authorities in Brevard County, Ronny Scott Hicks, 54, was arrested shortly after midnight at AIS Trail Park in the town of Palm Bay after police said that he was blocking multiple lanes of traffic on a bridge. Officers indicate that Hicks smelled strongly of alcohol.

Hicks refused to take a field sobriety test and he declined treatment for an unexplained head wound.

Hicks is currently being held in the Brevard County Jail on $5,000 bond. Court records indicate that Hicks has had previous DUI convictions: two in 2013 and one in 1998. The records do not indicate, however, whether the previous convictions were while Hicks was in a wheelchair or another type of vehicle.

It doesn’t matter what type of motorized vehicle you are operating, whether it is an automobile, boat, lawnmower, golf cart or even a motorized wheelchair, driving after you have been drinking is never a good idea.

If your blood alcohol content or BAC is over .08 per cent, then it’s considered a crime and you could be fined and jailed for the offense, just like Ronny Scott Hicks was in this case. If you are convicted of the charge of a DUI offense, you may face increased insurance costs as well as heavy fines and jail time. When you are facing such a legal hassle, it’s important to choose a law office that will be able to defend you against the charge and get penalties either reduced or even dismissed. You need an attorney who knows the law inside and out and who is committed to help defend you.

If you or a loved one is facing the charge of DUI, call the Law Offices of Steven E. Kellis. We are available for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We can schedule a confidential initial consultation and legal analysis that is without cost or obligation to you. Call the toll free number on your screen or use the contact form here on the site.