There’s more than one way to be convicted of a DUI-type charge. In fact, you don’t even need to be behind the wheel of a car. Rather, intoxication while behind the handlebars can lead to charges equally as detrimental. Biking under the influence in Rhode Island is taken just as seriously as a DUI.
Biking under the influence is different from state to state, so it’s important to know your state’s laws. While there’s no cycling under the influence law in Rhode Island, bicyclists are still considered vehicles. Rhode Island law has a statute written for all modes of transport considered vehicles – bikes included. Consequently – by law – bicyclists can be held subject to DUI statutes by construction. So what does this mean for those who might find themselves cycling under the influence? Let’s clear this confusing matter up.
What Is Biking Under the Influence?
Biking under the influence is the same as driving under the influence in many states. The legal limit while operating any “vehicle” is .08% BAC. The penalties include:
- License suspension
- Alcohol education classes
- Possible jail time
Biking Under the Influence in Rhode Island
As chance will have it, cycling under the influence in Rhode Island will more than likely not result in the bike lock version of an Ignition Interlocking Device (IID). However, you could find yourself on the receiving end of a hefty ticket, fine and other penalties. Aside from possible DUI penalties, biking under the influence could result in your protective custody for public intoxication.
As with most DUI cases, the penalties you acquire can differ and the result of your sentencing falls heavily on the skill of your attorney. The RI DUI Guy has extensive experience in building successful defenses for his clients, whether the vehicle operated be car, bike or even boat. Due to the complicated nature of a biking under the influence charge, it’s best to call Rhode Island DUI attorney Chad Bank as soon as possible.
At the end of it all, choosing to bike under the influence is more of a risk to yourself than anything else. Exercise caution and opt to call a cab instead.