Boating Under the Influence Lawyers
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What is BUI?
Boating under the influence or BUI is the operation of a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, an activity that is unlawful in every state. BUI laws are enforced by local law enforcement organizations and the Coast Guard, and the rules apply to all boats in U.S. waters and U.S. vessels on the high seas.
What are the Penalties for a BUI?
The penalties for operating a boat under the influence are very strict. These penalties can include:
Suspension or revocation of operator privileges
Possible jail term
Reduce the Risk of Being Arrested for BUI
Because an operator of a boat is held liable for any injury or damage that is caused by negligence or recklessness, it is imperative to take boating precautions to minimize injury. The U.S. Coast Guard recommends these:
- Have a sober designated boat driver
Take along a variety of drinks like water, iced tea or lemonade to keep you cool
If stopping for lunch and you plan on drinking, wait a reasonable time before resuming operation of the boat
Operate the boat safely since intoxicated passengers are likely to lose their balance
Not bring any alcohol at all
Do I Need the Assistance of a Lawyer if I Am Charged With a BUI?
Because there is concurrent jurisdiction between state and federal laws concerning BUIs, it is imperative to have a criminal defense lawyer to advise you of your rights and represent you in any criminal hearings.
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Last Modified: 07-29-2013 10:14 AM PDT
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