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Can You Get a DUI on an E-Bike?

Posted by John Roberson III | Mar 18, 2024 | 0 Comments


A friend approached me recently regarding an e-bike opportunity and it got me thinking about ebikes and DUI laws. As electric bicycles (e-bikes) become increasingly popular, their convenience and desirability are undeniable. However, this rise in popularity brings to light significant legal questions, particularly regarding the operation of e-bikes under the influence of alcohol or drugs. At Roberson Law, we aim to clarify the legal landscape surrounding e-bikes and DUI charges, providing essential guidance to ensure you ride responsibly and within the law.

E-Bikes and the Law

E-bikes, which are powered by both human pedaling and an electric motor, occupy a unique space in traffic regulations. According to our state statute, a “motor vehicle” is defined as a self-propelled vehicle, excluding those moved exclusively by human or animal power. This definition suggests that e-bikes could be considered motor vehicles due to their self-propelled nature, leading to potential DUI consequences.

woman sitting on ebike water in background

Key Points to Consider

  • Dual Functionality of E-Bikes: The combination of pedal and motor power in e-bikes creates a unique scenario. Understanding how this duality aligns with state statutes is important for all e-bike riders.

  • Potential Legal Implications: While not providing legal advice, we note that riding an e-bike under the influence could raise legal questions given the state's definition of motor vehicles. Awareness and caution are advisable.

How Roberson Law Can Help

Roberson Law is committed to helping you navigate the complexities surrounding e-bikes and related legal scenarios. 

In summary, the intersection of e-bikes and DUI laws presents a nuanced situation that requires careful consideration. At Roberson Law, we're dedicated to offering support and information to help you understand these complex issues, ensuring you can make informed decisions about e-bike use.

About the Author

John Roberson III

10+ YEARS OF COMBINED CRIMINAL DEFENSE EXPERIENCE 35+ CRIMINAL JURY TRIALS 500+ CASES ANDCHARGES RESOLVED 18+ YEARSIN ALASKA Experienced & Aggressive Criminal Lawyer About Law Office of John H. Roberson III, LLC John brings diverse experience, dedication, and legal knowledge to each ca...


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