I got caught on a bicycle a couple weeks ago and was wondering what was going to happen to me. I'm on probation for DUI already and this is the first time I've gotten into trouble since 2010. I've been going to AA meetings twice a week since that day. My court date will be in 2 months. Will I go jail on that day and for how long? Or what will happen? Is AA meetings twice a week enough to show that I'm trying to do better? And if I do go to jail will it be possible to do work release instead?
You may be able to suppress the evidence if they had no reason to stop you! Dont just plea guilty, make sure you exhaust all options first!
Riding a bike under the influence is violation under California Vehicle Code Section 21200.5 and carries a fine of up to $250. Jail is usually not a punishment. However, if you may be in violation of the terms of your probation. You may also be charged with public intoxication. Basically, you will absolutely need to speak with an attorney because only an attorney will be able mitigate the damage at this point.
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Trying to do better is not good enough. You must do better. In SF, where I practice, several pedestrians have been killed by sober bicyclists. I don't imagine that drinking increases your vigilance. This message is sent by a lawyer who's had enough of people who won't own what they do and then whine for mercy after the damage is done. As the mother of one of my thug clients (who, tough guy that he was, was crying in court) said "Man up." At you too.
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