Can You Get Charged with Cycling Under the Influence in California?

Cycling is a popular mode of transportation in California, but did you know that you can get charged with cycling under the influence (CUI) just like driving under the influence (DUI)? Here's what you need to know about CUI in California.

What is Cycling Under the Influence?

Driving under the influence (DUI) is defined as operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated by alcohol and/or drugs. Since bicycles are not equipped with a motor, cyclists cannot be charged with a DUI. However, they can still face criminal penalties for doing so.

Cycling Under the Influence (CUI) is the act of operating a bicycle while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Unlike DUI, there is no legal limit, so long as cyclists are visibly impaired by alcohol and/or drugs.

Penalties for CUI

The penalties for CUI in California are not as serious compared to DUI. A CUI conviction carries a maximum fine of $250 with no jail time or license suspension.

Tips for Avoiding CUI

Here are some tips for avoiding CUI in California:

  • Don't drink and ride: It's best to avoid drinking alcohol before cycling. If you do drink, make sure to wait until you are sober before cycling.
  • Use alternative transportation: If you plan on drinking, consider using alternative transportation such as a taxi, ride-sharing service, or public transportation.
  • Be aware of your surroundings: Cycling under the influence can impair your judgment and reaction time. Be extra cautious and aware of your surroundings to avoid accidents.
  • Follow traffic laws: Just like driving, cyclists must follow traffic laws such as stopping at stop signs and red lights. Failure to do so can result in a CUI conviction.
  • Wear a helmet: Wearing a helmet can protect you from serious head injuries in the event of an accident.

If you or someone you know is facing CUI charges, contact Prentiss Law Office for experienced criminal defense representation. Our team can help you navigate the legal system and work towards the best possible outcome for your case.