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Being accused of cycling while under the influence in Los Angeles can be scary and confusing for anyone. If you find yourself facing these charges, you might be wondering what you should do next so that you can minimize your odds of being found guilty in court. People often make the mistake of discussing the events leading up to their arrest with friends and family. But if you do that, you are giving the prosecution more ammunition to use against you. Anyone with whom you speak could accidently say something that hurts your chances in court. Your best option is to remain silent about your case until you have spoken with a qualified legal team. It’s also important you take steps to learn about the charges brought against you and the possible penalties you could face.
Learning about the charges and laws related to your arrest will help you decide what to do next. Being charged with cycling while under the influence requires you to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol while cycling on a highway. The bike you were riding must be propelled exclusively by human power, not an engine.
Learning about the penalties you could face will help you decide if you should fight your charges or take a plea deal. For cycling while under the influence, you could face a fine of up to $250. Unlike driving under the influence, you cannot face time in jail for this violation. You could, however, still have your driving privileges suspended for up to a year if you are found guilty. Many factors will determine whether a judge decides to give you the maximum punishment or a lesser sentence. Either way, you are at risk of having a misdemeanor charge added to your criminal record.
If you have been accused of cycling while under the influence, then you need to understand what defenses are available so that you can make the best possible choice. Although some people opt to fight their charges by arguing that they were not cycling on a highway, it is not a solid defense because the term “highway” can be used to describe any public path. However, the prosecution will try to prove their case by having the arresting officer testify that you were cycling erratically. So, you could start building your case by describing legitimate reasons for swerving or falling off your bike.
Trying to fight these charges by yourself is not likely to have a positive outcome. Having a trained and experienced legal team on your side will help you build a strong defense. We will take a look at your case files so that we can determine the best course of action. We can also show you each plausible defense and let you decide how you would like to proceed. Our close attention to detail will prevent us from overlooking critical elements of your case, so you know you have the best odds of achieving a desirable outcome when you hire us to represent you.