San Diego has been working hard to decrease the number of cars on the road and make the city a more eco-friendly place. One of the ways they are trying to achieve that goal is by partnering with Deco Bikes to put bike rental stands around Downtown, Hillcrest, North Park, Ocean Beach, Mission Bay and Pacific Beach. While this is great for the environment and for the health of the people renting the bikes, it does present a problem in the form of increased Cycling Under the Influence tickets. Pacific Beach defense attorney Peter M. Liss explains what this means for potential bike share renters.
The main reason Mission Bay criminal lawyers believe these cycles are likely to result in an increase in biking under the influence charges is the fact that they largely are installed in areas that have major nightlife activity. Downtown, Hillcrest, North Park and Pacific Beach specifically all have plenty of late-night clubs, bars and restaurants. Most people know drinking and driving is a crime, but knowledge about drinking and cycling laws are much less well-known. It only makes sense for someone to decide to ride a bike home when they know they are too drunk to drive, not realizing they are committing a crime.
If you have been accused of cycling under the influence, you may not face as many penalties as drinking and driving, but the crime is still a misdemeanor that will end up on your criminal record. That means that aside from having to pay the heavy fine, you may find yourself facing more scrutiny when you interact with police in the future as they may be more likely to believe you are driving under the influence. Additionally, if you are under 21, you may be subject to a one year driver’s license suspension. You can fight these charges though and a North Park criminal lawyer can help you fight the charges.
Whether you have been charged with drinking and driving or drinking and cycling, a Hillcrest defense attorney can be critical in helping you prove your innocence so you can get back to your normal life. Please call (760) 643-4050 or (858) 486-3024 to schedule a free initial consultation with Peter M. Liss.
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