OWI on private property?
Can you be charged with Operating while Intoxicated if you are operating a vehicle exclusively on your own private property? Under Indiana law, the prosecutor can charge you with OWI under those circumstances.
In Manuwal v. State, the Indiana Supreme Court held that regardless where the driving occurred, whether on public or private property, even if on the defendant’s own property, the State is authorized to charge a defendant with OWI. Indiana law provides that is not a defense in an action for OWI that the accused person was operating a vehicle in a place other than a highway. Thus, the prosecutor was permitted to charge Manuwal with OWI for operating his all-terrain vehicle on his private property.
With over 35 years of handling thousands of criminal cases, Steven Knecht is familiar with the possible defenses to operating while intoxicated offenses and other criminal charges. Few other attorney can match his trial experience and knowledge of criminal law and he can use that experience and knowledge to benefit you. If you find yourself having been arrested, you should immediately hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer that you can trust such as Steven Knecht to help you fight the State because you have a lot at stake on the outcome.