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Can I Get a DUI While Riding a Bike in Nevada?

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Can I Get a DUI While Riding a Bike in Nevada?


In order to avoid getting a DUI, many Nevada residents elect to ride their bicycles rather than drive their vehicles. However, can you still get a DUI for riding a bike?

The answer is a resounding “no.” Nevada DUI laws only apply to vehicles and motorcycles, not to bikes or even electric bicycles and e-scooters.

Keep in mind, intoxicated bicyclists can still face other types of criminal charges. One of the most common crimes associated with cycling under the influence is “reckless endangerment.”

Reckless endangerment is dined as intentionally or willfully neglecting the safety of other people or property. Biking under the influence may fall under this significantly broad crime since erratic cycling can likely lead to an accident involving drivers, other pedestrians, and property.

If the reckless endangerment charge does not involve serious injury or death, then it is considered a gross misdemeanor, which carries a maximum 364-day jail sentence and a fine no more than $2,000. By contrast, if the charge does involve serious injury or death, then it is a category C felony, punishable by imprisonment for up to five years and a maximum fine of $10,000.

Bicycling while intoxicated in Nevada may also result in the following related charges:

  • Failure to stay on the right side of the road

  • Failure to hand-signal prior to turning

  • Failure to have working brakes, reflectors, and/or lamps

The biking violations above are generally considered misdemeanors, which carry a jail term of up to six months and a fine not exceeding $1,000.

If you were arrested for cycling under the influence in Reno, contact the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Stover today and schedule a free initial consultation. Our founding attorney is a former prosecutor with nearly two decades of trial-tested experience!

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