Can I Get a DUI in Tennessee While Riding a Bicycle?

After having a few alcoholic beverages at a bar or a friend’s place, driving your car isn’t the best way to get home since you might risk a DUI¬†arrest. But what happens if you didn’t travel by motor vehicle, but rather a bicycle.

According to Tennessee DUI law, it is against the law to operate or be in physical control of any motor vehicle or another type of “motorized” vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In other words, you cannot receive a DUI for riding a bicycle or skateboard.

However, you can get a DUI while operating any of the following motorized vehicles:

  • Riding a motorcycle
  • Riding a moped
  • Riding an electronic scooter
  • Driving an ATV
  • Driving a golf cart
  • Riding a lawnmower

Although you may not be charged with a DUI for riding your bike home while intoxicated, you could still face other criminal charges, such as public intoxication or disorderly conduct. Public intoxication is defined as being under the influence in public and appearing to endanger yourself or others, as well as reasonably annoying others, while disorderly conduct means creating a dangerous environment for no reason, making unreasonable noises to annoy others, being threatening or exhibiting fighting behavior, or failing to obey an official order to vacate a certain area during an emergency.

Both disorderly conduct and public intoxication are considered Class C misdemeanors. A conviction is punishable by a jail sentence of up to 30 days and a maximum $50 fine.

Remember, simply being drunk in public will not lead to criminal charges. However, riding a bike while drunk can pose a danger to the public.

If you have been charged with a DUI offense in Sevierville, contact Andrew Farmer Law today at (865) 205-2637 and request a free consultation.