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Can I get charged with DUI if my car isn’t even turned on?

I was at a bar drinking and got in my car to go home and realized I probably had a little too much to drink so I called a friend to come get me. While I was waiting I reclined the seat and laid back a bit. My keys were in my pocket still. A cop came and knocked on the window and asked me to get out. He asked if I had been drinking and I said that I had and was waiting for a friend to come pick me up. He said he could charge me with DUI just because I was in the drivers seat with the keys in my possession. Is this true? He waited with me for my friend and then gave me a warning and let me go. I'm just curious what the actual law is.

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    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    5005 Lapeer Rd
    Burton, MI 48509
    (810) 743-2960
    The car has to be operated and in most places that involves at least having the car being turned on.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan - Replied: 2/7/2013
    Steven Dodge | Steven Dodge
    7960 W. Grand River Ave.
    Brighton, MI 48114
    (810) 220-3916
    You certainly could be charged. It is unlikely, given the case law in Michigan, that you would be convicted. Merely using a motor vehicle for shelter is not operating. In what county is this case?
    Answer Applies to: Michigan - Replied: 2/6/2013
    Michael J. Nichols | Nichols Law Firm
    3452 E Lake Lansing Rd
    East Lansing, MI 48823
    (517) 432-9000
    They can charge but probably not convict you.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan - Replied: 2/5/2013
    Cindy Mannon | Cindy Mannon
    Lansing, MI 48912
    (517) 482-1000
    If the car is not running, it's not operating. I've done many drunk drivings similar to yours and the issue is whether the car is running. You were smart to not turn your car on.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan - Replied: 2/5/2013
    John F Brennan | Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC
    24001 Greater Mack
    St Clair Shores, MI 48080
    (586) 778-0900
    You were lucky, and most probably could have been charged. Call you friends earlier and wait inside.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan - Replied: 2/5/2013
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