Motorcycles, Boats, Planes, Bicycles
Pennsylvania DUI cases involving motorcycles, boats, planes and bicycles are similar in some regards to driving under the influence cases involving vehicles, but there are also key differences. A skilled PA DUI attorney from Levow & Associates is experienced in fighting charges of motorcycling, boating, flying or bicycling under the influence.
Boating, flying and bicycling while under the influence are all covered under separate Pennsylvania statutes. Each carries substantial penalties, but some or all of these repercussions may be avoided by aggressively fighting the charges with the help of an experienced Pennsylvania DUI attorney.
Motorcycling under the influence is prosecuted under the same Pennsylvania laws as DUI involving other vehicles, and is similar in almost every respect. If you're convicted of riding a motorcycle under the influence, you face the same punishment handed down to other Pennsylvania DUI drivers, including jail, fines, and a driver's license suspension. The district attorney will use evidence that includes your chemical test results and field sobriety test in the effort to convict you of riding a motorcycle while under the influence.
The legal limit for operating a watercraft in Pennsylvania is .08 percent blood alcohol content (BAC) - the same limit for operating a motor vehicle. If your BAC exceeds that limit, you can be charged with boating under the influence, also called BUI.
If you're arrested for BUI, you're required to take a chemical test of your breath or blood to determine your BAC, just as you are if arrested for driving under the influence. If you refuse a chemical test, you can lose your boating privileges for one year. And if you're convicted of Pennsylvania BUI, you face up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $7,500.
Flying any commercial or private aircraft while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (FUI / FWI) is an extremely serious offense that can be prosecuted under both federal and state law. The Federal Aviation Administration strictly regulates alcohol use by pilots and crew of all civil aircraft.
The FAA bars anyone from serving as a crew member of any civil aircraft who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, has consumed alcohol within eight hours of flying, or has a BAC of .04 percent or greater. Anyone who violates these provisions faces imprisonment, fines, and revocation of the pilot's license.
Cycling under the influence (CUI) is a less-serious charge than Pennsylvania DUI, but still carries significant consequences. Bicycles aren't vehicles under Pennsylvania law, so the DUI statutes that govern passenger cars don't apply to cyclists. However, bicycles are covered under a separate law.
Pennsylvania charges of riding a motorcycle, boating, flying or riding a bicycle under the influence of alcohol or drugs can bring serious repercussions, but it may be possible to fight the charges with the help of a skilled defense lawyer. An experienced Pennsylvania DUI attorney from Levow & Associates is ready to fight for your rights in any motorcycling under the influence, FUI, BUI or CUI charge.