Operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol can lead to serious consequences. This includes hefty fines, license suspensions, and even jail time. Still, you do not actually have to be driving a motor vehicle to face this charge. The definition of operating a vehicle is broader than the definition of driving. Understanding this definition can help you to avoid this charge.

Defining Operation

The definition of “operation” in regards to motor vehicles can vary from state to state. In the state of Connecticut, “operation” refers to certain actions. This includes any action that intentionally could set the motor power of the vehicle in motion. This can refer to doing something as simple as putting your car key in the ignition. Also, it might include starting the engine with a remote.

Using any mechanical or electrical agency that could start the vehicle constitutes operating the vehicle. This is an extremely broad definition. You do not actually need to have the intent to start the engine of the car. Sitting in the car and putting a key in the ignition constitutes operating the vehicle. As a result, if intoxicated and charged with operating a vehicle under the influence, you could face fines and a license suspension. While operating under the influence differs from driving under the influence, you could still face charges and go to court.

Getting Help

If charged with operating a vehicle under the influence, you will want to find a lawyer who specializes in cases similar to your own. The experience that these lawyers have will help you with your case. They can make sure that you are being charged with the correct crime, and not driving under the influence if you could only technically be charged with operating under the influence. It is best not to get into a car at all if you have been drinking, because even if you aren’t driving or if you have no intention to drive, you can still be charged with operating a vehicle under the influence. To discuss your case, you can contact an experienced attorney at Ruane Attorneys by clicking here.