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 only way.
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 free consultation today!