It’s no mystery that if you drive while intoxicated, you can face
driving under the influence (DUI) charges. While this is the most common
way to be charged with
DUI, it’s not the
In Orange County, you can also be charged with DUI if you’re caught
riding a bicycle, driving a boat, or riding an all-terrain vehicle (ATV)
while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. To learn more, continue
reading about California’s DUI laws relating to bicycles, boats and ATVs.
Bicycles and DUI
In California, you can get a DUI for riding a bicycle while under the
influence of alcohol or drugs. This DUI law can be found under
VC Sec. 21200.5, which says that it’s illegal to ride a bicycle on a public road
while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The penalty for cycling under the influence, a misdemeanor offense, is
up to a $250 fine, but does not involve jail time. If you are under the
age of 21, your driver’s license can be suspended as well.
Boating Under the Influence
Under California law, operating a vessel while under the influence of
drugs or alcohol is a misdemeanor offense, punishable by a fine not to
exceed $1,000, or up to one year in jail, or both.
If you are boating under the influence and someone else is injured, you
could be charged with a felony, and face up to $5,000 in fines and up
to one year in jail.
Off-Highway Vehicles and DUI
Any type of motor vehicle that goes off the highway is considered an off-highway
vehicle. OHVs include dirt bikes, snowmobiles, 4X4s, all-terrain vehicles
(ATVs), sand rails, and recreational utility vehicles (RUVs). Today’s
ATVs have four wheels and have seats which are straddled by the ATV’s operator.
You CAN be arrested for DUI on an ATV or another OHV. Essentially, California’s
DUI laws, such as 23140(a), and 23152(a) and (b) apply to all OHVs.
Facing non-vehicle DUI charges?
If you are facing DUI charges involving a bicycle, a boat, or an OHV, the
Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. can help you fight your charges.
Our lead attorney is
Board Certified in DUI defense and we are members of the
National College for DUI Defense. Schedule your
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