Can I Get Arrested For Biking Under The Influence In Alabama?

In order to avoid being arrested for a DUI, many people believe riding a bicycle after consuming alcohol is a better alternative. Although some states have specific laws about bicycle DUIs, others don’t criminally punish those who ride while intoxicated.

In Alabama, it is against the law to operate any vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. According to state law, bicycles are considered vehicles.

This means a bicycle DUI conviction is subject to the same penalties as a standard DUI conviction. A first offense is punishable by a jail sentence of up to one year, a maximum fine of $2,100 (not including court costs), and driver’s license suspension for at least 90 days.

Not only should you not ride your bike after having a few drinks to avoid getting a DUI, but biking under the influence can make you a danger to yourself and others, making it easier to be a traffic hazard and be involved in an accident. If you want to find a safe ride home, either find a designated driver or request a ride from Uber or Lyft.

If you have been arrested for biking under the influence in Birmingham or the surrounding area, Tidwell Law Group, LLC has more than 17 years of experience getting the best possible results for clients facing complex DUI cases. Do not hesitate to contact us today at (205) 536-7770 and schedule a free consultation.