Cycling Under the Influence

Cycling under the influence is very similar to DUI (driving under the influence) or DWI (driving while intoxicated) cases. Depending on the state, if "bicycle" fits under the definition of the term "vehicle" then the state’s drunk driving laws may also apply to cycling, so that cycling under the influence of drugs or alcohol is unlawful.


Some states like California have special laws that make it specifically unlawful for any person to ride a bicycle on a highway while under the influence. Persons arrested for violating a cycle code are required to take a test of either blood, breath or urine to determine the blood alcohol level.

What is the Penalty for Cycling Under the Influence?

Depending on the state, if anyone is charged with violating the state’s cycling code, they could face any of the following penalties:

  • A base fine that is substantially less than the fine attached to a DUI/DWI, but still costly
  • Points on one’s driving record
  • Possible restriction of driver’s license

Do I Need a Lawyer if I’m Charged With Cycling Under the Influence?

The criminal law system is complicated so having a criminal defense lawyer is very helpful when you are arrested for cycling under the influence. This type of offense is a serious matter since you can incur harsh penalties and may be liable for any damage incurred by others through your actions.