I lost my license for a year roughly 6 months ago. I have a tesla model 3 and the other day I put on the auto pilot feature AND moved into the passenger seat. I was pulled over and subsequently charged with driving while suspended and careless driving BUT I wasn’t driving...The car was. What can I do?
My suggestion is retain an attorney to represent you. You were the only occupant of a car that was moved. Given your CDL is suspended you are not authorized to operate a motor vehicle.
You were in control of the vehicle and were the only occupant of the vehicle. However, it is an interesting issue - seek the advise of a local experienced criminal defense attorney.
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"Driving" is defined in California as a deliberate act that causes a vehicle to move. When you turned on the car and his the autopilot button, that's the same as grabbing the wheel and pushing the accelerator pedal.
Tesla also warns that "Autopilot is intended for use with a fully attentive driver, who has their hands on the wheel and is prepared to take over at any time. While Autopilot is designed to become more capable over time, in its current form, it is not a self-driving system. "
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