Boating Under the Influence (BUI) Charges Have Serious Consequences

Boating Under the Influence (BUI) Charges Have Serious Consequences

It's almost time for boating season. While boating and other water sports are fun, alcohol can turn a great day into an unforgettable tragedy. Many people fail to recognize the dangers of drinking and boating or Boating Under the Influence (BUI), and underestimate how seriously law enforcement takes this crime.

By their nature, boats cannot steer and brake the same way cars do. When adding alcohol consumption to the motion and spray of water, along with fatigue caused by the sun, the potential for danger is increased.

It is crucial for every boater to understand the risks of Boating under the Influence of alcohol or drugs. Statistics by the United States Coast Guard show that more than 21% of all boating fatalities were the result of alcohol use in 2007 alone. Every state enforces laws against operating a boat while under the influence, pertaining to all boats including rowboats, yachts, canoes, large ships, foreign vessels and U.S vessels.

In California, it is legal to drink alcohol on a boat. However, it is illegal to operate a boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If you are convicted of a BUI, your drivers' license may be suspended for up to five years. You may also be required to pay a fine and court assessments for up to $3,000. If someone gets injured or killed in a boating accident, you could be sentenced to state prison.

A BUI conviction can cause permanent damage to your criminal record, subject you to hours upon hours of community service, heavy fines, court costs, mandatory alcohol courses, and your boat may be impounded.

If you are facing BUI charges, it is advised to hire an experienced BUI lawyer to protect your rights. A BUI lawyer can help you avoid jail time, license suspension, community service, probation, fines, insurance premium increases, and more.

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