Under Colorado law, the charge of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol can result from operation of many different types of motor vehicles. Drivers may be arrested on suspicion of DUI whether they were driving a regular car, truck, or even a lawnmower. One type of vehicle that is often associated with DUI cases is the motorcycle. If you have received a DUI on a motorcycle, you should contact an experienced Denver DUI attorney as soon as possible to discuss your case.
Alcohol and Motorcycle Culture
Drinking is often a large part of motorcycle culture in the United States. “Biker bars” are common establishments that attract large gatherings of motorcyclists on a regular basis. Often, groups of bikers will travel together from one bar to another for an entire afternoon and evening. Needless to say, such bar-hopping often results in motorcyclists operating their bikes after they have been drinking in order to get to their next destination.
Moreover, if a motorcyclist has too much to drink, they are less likely to call a taxi cab or use an alternate form of transportation. This is largely because many bikers are reluctant to leave their motorcycles in the parking lot of a bar or restaurant overnight or until they sober up, at the risk of their vehicles being damaged or stolen. Motorcycle groups often travel for long distances at a time, which means they would have to leave their vehicles far away from home if they found another method of transportation.
Even if certain motorcyclists decide to abstain from drinking in order to serve as designated driver, operating a motorcycle with an impaired passenger on the back can be difficult. An impaired passenger can make it extremely difficult to keep balance on the bike and may cause turns to be challenging. This increases the risk of accidents and injuries, so many motorcyclists are reluctant to serve as designated drivers for others who are intoxicated.
Finally, motorcyclists often take pride in their ability to control their vehicles under any circumstances. For this reason, many bikers have a false sense of confidence in their ability to drive while impaired. In fact, some motorcyclists even believe they are better at operating their bikes after drinking. Drinking also may lower inhibitions and cloud judgment, making intoxicated motorcyclists more likely to take the risk of driving after drinking.
Penalties of a Motorcycle DUI
Motorcyclists must follow all DUI laws just like any other driver. DUI convictions carry harsh penalties, such as probation, fines, suspension or revocation of your driver’s license, and even time spent in jail. These consequences may substantially increase if you have prior DUI convictions on your criminal record or if you caused an accident or injuries during your suspected DUI. Additionally, DUI convictions may result in having an ignition interlock device (IID) installed on your motorcycle, which requires you to blow into the device each time you wish to start the motorcycle and at regular intervals while riding.
Contact an Experienced Colorado DUI Defense Lawyer for Assistance
If you have been charged with DUI on a motorcycle or any type of vehicle, do not hesitate to contact an experienced DUI defense attorney at the Tiftickjian Law Firm, P.C,. in Denver for assistance.