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Can I get a DUI on a snowboard?

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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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.

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Of course, every DUI case is different and you should consult an experienced DUI defense attorney in your area with questions regarding your specific case. It is always in your best interest to have a good DUI attorney represent you when you have been arrested for a DUI.


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


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.


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

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

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