DUI Scooters in Tampa
Alternative Transportation After a DUI Conviction
For a driver convicted of DUI who has had their license suspended, getting around can be difficult. Losing your license, even temporarily, can have a significant impact on your ability to get to school or work or even to go to the local grocery store. Fortunately, drivers in Tampa, Florida may have an alternative.
DUI scooters offer an alternative means of transportation using an electric bicycle, which a person may legally operate without a license. These vehicles are still relatively new to the market and may cause some confusion with law enforcement. If you have been arrested for driving on a suspended license while riding an electric bike or DUI scooter, it is essential to talk to a lawyer about your rights and options.
Riding a DUI Scooter/Electric Bicycle After License Suspension
DUI scooters fit state and federal descriptions of low-speed electric bicycles. These vehicles are operated with foot pedals and travel up to 20 miles per hour.
They have headlights, windshields, and electric motors that run for approximately 25 miles on a charge. If riders do not remove the pedals or modify the bikes to travel faster than 20 mph, they may be used without a driver’s license. They should not be driven on the sidewalk, but follow the rules of the road for standard bicycles.
For a person who has had their license suspended or permanently revoked, obtaining a DUI scooter may be essential. However, due to their resemblance to small motorcycles, some DUI scooter riders have been arrested for driving on a suspended license. Instead of facing potentially bogus charges and harsh penalties, involve a Tampa DUI lawyer who is familiar with handling cases involving these electric bicycles.
Legal Help for Cases Involving DUI Scooters in Tampa, FL
At Thomas & Paulk, we understand how to deal with criminal cases involving DUI scooters, and we can use this experience to your advantage. Take a case where the Tampa Police Department arrested two people for driving with a suspended license and violation of probation because they were riding electric bicycles. In these DUI scooter cases, these individuals initially faced felony charges, but our attorneys got involved and had the clients released on their recognizance (without bail) with all charges dismissed.
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If you were ticketed or taken into custody for riding a DUI scooter or electric bicycle, remember your rights. Involve an attorney who can get to work immediately, protecting your interests and helping you avoid the harsh consequences of a conviction. At Thomas & Paulk, we offer a free initial consultation to talk about your case and how we can help.
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