DUI is a serious charge in all 50 states. But if you are charged with driving under the influence while on federal property, the legal implications could be even more complicated.
What is Federal Property?
- National parks
- Military bases
- Government buildings
- National monuments
- Many airports
Federal DUI: No Case Law
A government agent (such as a park ranger or military police officer) can stop you on federal property and arrest you for DUI. Although the charge will be considered a federal offense, there is no federal case law on DUI. In other words, you will face the same penalties as a standard state DUI, but you will have to go through the federal court system. It is essential to work with an attorney who is admitted to practice in federal court to defend yourself against these serious charges.
Implications for Military Personnel
If you are an active duty member of the military a DUI conviction—either on or off post—can have a disastrous impact on your career. The best way to protect yourself is to aggressively fight the charge.