Southern Californians enjoy beautiful weather year-round, especially when
they live near Orange County's beach cities. Considering the breathtaking
coastline along Laguna, Newport, and Huntington Beaches, it is no wonder
why locals take to their bikes to enjoy a day of relaxation or exercise.
Everybody knows that they can get arrested for
DUI when they drive a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
What many people do not know is that
riding a bicycle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is also
a criminal offense.
Under Section 21200.5 of the Vehicle Code, it is against California law
to ride a bicycle upon a roadway while under the influence of alcohol
or drugs, or any combination thereof.
While a conviction under this section is punishable by a maximum $250 fine
and no jail time, it does involve a misdemeanor conviction, which would
show up on one's criminal record. If you're over 13, but under
21 and you have a driver's license, it can be suspended for a year.
It may seem unusual for someone to drink and ride their bicycle, but usually
well-intentioned people choose a bicycle over driving, thinking they can
escape a DUI. Cycling under the influence (CUI) happens often enough that
California has enacted laws against it.
Whether someone was drinking at home with their friends and decided to
ride their bike to the liquor store, or if someone was riding around Pacific
Coast Highway (PCH) or anywhere else and had a few drinks at a local restaurant,
and rode their bicycle home, both scenarios can result in an arrest, despite
the fact that CUI is seemingly safer than DUI.
If you have been arrested for cycling under the influence, we urge you
to contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. for help. During a
free case evaluation, we will explain which defense strategies we would use to fight your charges!