Flying under the Influence
A pilot who flies any aircraft, either commercial or private while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (FUI/FUID) can be charged under both federal and state laws. Such
California flying under the influence offenses can result in severe consequences, including hefty fines, lengthy jail sentences and revocation of the individual’s pilot’s license. Under the regulation of the
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), no one is allowed to act as a crew member on a flight when he or she has consumed alcohol within 8 hours of the flight or who has a BAC of .04% or higher. In addition, there is also an implied consent law that pertains to licenses to fly an aircraft.
Under this California law, pilots who are arrested for being under the influence of alcohol or drugs must submit to chemical testing. If a pilot refuses, enhanced penalties may be imposed if convicted of the FUI. The laws surrounding FUI cases are complex, and it is important that pilots facing such charges seek competent
California DUI/FUI attorney representation.
Bicycling/Cycling under the Influence
Bicycling/cycling under the influence (CUI) is the least of the these three offenses; however, cyclists arrested for CUI still face a fine of $250 (California VC Section 21200.5) and a criminal conviction on their records. Skilled
California DUI attorneys will often devise challenges to CUI charges that include establishing the fact that the cyclist was not riding on a “highway.”
As with any DUI case, being charged with an “under the influence of alcohol or drug” offense while operating a boat, plane, or bicycle is serious and can result in severe consequences. However, experienced California DUI Defense Lawyers most often will be able to keep the penalties to a minimum. Thus, it is prudent for individuals who face such charges to consult with a skilled
California DUI defense attorney as soon as possible.