When someone is charged with driving while intoxicated, they can expect to face a wide range of penalties that can potentially impact their lives for years into the future. Unfortunately, the same remains true if they are caught operating a boat while under the influence of alcohol as well. If you’ve been accused of operating a boat while intoxicated, you need competent legal counsel in your corner. Read on and reach out to our seasoned Tehama County DUI lawyer to learn more about boating under the influence charges and how our firm can help you fight them. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What technically qualifies for operating a boat while under the influence of alcohol?
If you are accused of operating a boat with a blood alcohol content of .08% or higher, you will most likely receive a BUI charge, much like if you are caught operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .08% or higher. That said, you can also receive a BUI charge if you are caught operating a boat while under the influence of drugs. Those operating commercial vessels, such as those transporting cargo, can receive a BUI if they are found with a BAC of .04% or higher. Additionally, boaters should know that they can even receive BUI charges for operating their vessels while impaired to an “appreciable degree,” in the opinion of the arresting officer.
What happens if I’m found guilty of operating my boat while under the influence of alcohol?
For a first-offense BUI, you can expect to face six months of incarceration and a maximum $1,000 fine, though there’s a chance you’ll be offered probation in lieu of jail time. If you are caught operating a boat while under the influence for the second time in California, however, probation is no longer an option, and you can expect to face one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. You will also have to complete a boater safety course within six months of your conviction. If you have any additional questions about boating under the influence, the potential penalties you may face, and how our firm can help you fight them, simply pick up the phone and give our Weaverville criminal lawyer a call today. Our firm is here to help you.
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