Can I get a DUI on a snowboard?

Asked about 2 years ago - Irvine, CA

It is common for people to consume alcohol while snowboarding and skii-ing. I am wondering if these 2 snow sports equate to a vehicle. If i had a 0.08 BAC while snowboarding at a mountain resort, would i be guilty of DUI?

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  1. Joseph Briscoe Dane

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    Answered . Absolutely not. A DUI requires a vehicle - that is specifically defined in the Vehicle Code as something that is driven or drawn upon a highway, but excludes something moved exclusively by human power.

    There may be other charges, but a DUI is NOT possible.

    The above answer is for general information only and is based on the information you posted. Every case is fact... more
  2. Mark K Rosenfeld

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    Answered . No

    Of course, every DUI case is different and you should consult an experienced DUI defense attorney in your area... more
  3. Michael J Silveira

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    Answered . Not possible. A snowboard does not qualify as a vehicle per the California Vehicle Code.

  4. Daniel C Grupenhagen

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    Answered . Does your snowboard have a motor attached? And do you ride it on a street? No? Ok, then you're safe.

    Contributions on AVVO.com in no way create an attorney-client relationship nor are they intended to be relied upon... more
  5. Cherie Lynn Brenner

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    Answered . No, but depending how intoxicated you get, you could get a drunk in public charge which is no way as bad as a DUI.

    Any answer to questions is not meant to be con screwed as legal advise and no attorney client relationship has... more
  6. Michael Lawrence Doyle

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    Answered . No. When I was in college we were able to take skiing as a course to fulfill physical education requirements. People would drink beforehand. One of those taking this course got too drunk and skied right into a tree. He died as a result. I am telling you this to encourage you to be wise about how much you drink before snowboarding.

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