Motorcycles are difficult to control. A driver who loses focus while riding is putting themselves at tremendous risk of injury. The drivers of these vehicles are exponentially more at risk of death in an accident. When a motorcyclist adds alcohol to his or her driving, he or she is drastically increasing the chances of an accident. At the very least, they are at risk of facing serious legal repercussions. A motorcyclist is guilty of driving under the influence if they are operating their vehicle with a blood alcohol content at or above .08. At this level, they may be pulled over and charged with a DUI.
There are many signs that a motorcyclist is driving drunk. The following are just reasons for an officer to suspect drinking and driving:
- Trouble turning
- Drifting in and out of lanes
- Drifting during turns
- Trouble balancing
- Trouble dismounting
- A driver who doesn’t pay attention to surroundings
An officer must notice one of these actions in order to pull over an individual. Officers have been known to stereotype individuals, therefore turning on their lights when a cyclist has done nothing wrong. This is an illegal action.
The arrest must be also be done correctly for a DUI charge to hold. This means the officer reads Miranda rights if he or she asks you to make a statement and only uses force when necessary. When a person is found guilty of a DUI, they may be able to receive reduced charges or have the charges against them dismissed altogether.
If you are facing a motorcycle DUI charge and want more information on defense, visit the website of the Arizona DUI lawyers at Thompson & Volquardsen, P.C.