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Can I Get a DUI in Kansas While Riding a Bicycle?

Can I Get a DUI in Kansas While Riding a Bicycle?

Whether it’s to enjoy the outdoors, get a good exercise, or save money on gas, many people throughout Kansas ride their bicycles for a number of reasons. Additionally, it is not uncommon for someone to enjoy an alcoholic beverage or more and then later ride their bike home.

But can a person get a DUI in Kansas while riding a bicycle? The answer depends on where you ride.

According to state law, drunk driving is prohibited for all vehicles. Bicycles are not considered motor vehicles, but rather human-powered vehicles.

However, many local ordinances have laws against biking under the influence. In Wichita, for example, riding a bicycle while intoxicated is a misdemeanor offense punishable by a maximum six-month jail term, a fine of up to $500 and even restitution (if another person was injured by the drunk cyclist). The offense does not include a mandatory minimum sentence and it will not count against the defendant’s driving record.

When it comes to electronic scooters, operating one while intoxicated is against the law since an e-scooter is considered a motorized vehicle. In Wichita, a DUI involving an e-scooter will result in the same penalties as biking under the influence.

If you have been arrested for biking under the influence, it is imperative to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to protect your rights and future by helping you avoid serious penalties. At Rokusek Stein Law, LLC, our legal team has more than three decades of combined experience helping our clients facing DUI charges in Kansas City and the surrounding areas.

For more information about our legal services, contact us today at (913) 583-0465 and schedule a free consultation.

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