If you have been charged with Boating Under the Influence (BUI) it is important to consult an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately. Florida laws against boating while impaired by alcohol or other drugs are serious and as stringent as those for driving a motor vehicle while impaired and YOU HAVE TOO MUCH AT STAKE not to trust your defense to an experienced and serious attorney.
If you have been charged with Boating Under the Influence (BUI) it is important to consult an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately. Florida laws against boating while impaired by alcohol or other drugs are as stringent as those for driving a motor vehicle while impaired.
Even though it is not illegal to consume an alcoholic beverage while operating a boat, it is illegal to operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Under Florida law, a BUI arrest can occur when your blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.08% or higher or if law enforcement believes that your normal faculties are impaired due to intoxication. For any person under the age of 21 who operates a boat in Florida, the legal limit is 0.02%.
A law enforcement officer is entitled to stop any vessel for the purpose of checking for compliance with boating safety equipment requirements and can require that any boat deemed unsafe or a hazard to public safety be removed from the water. The Coast Guard, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers, Sheriff’s Deputies, and any other authorized law enforcement officer have the authority to enforce boating safety laws.
Law enforcement also has the right to conduct a stop of the boat for the purpose of investigating whether or not the operator of a boat is under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. They have the authority to ask the operator of a boat to complete sobriety exercises, breathalyzer tests, or chemical tests of blood or urine.
There are many factors that can contribute to a BUI case. The criminal defense attorneys at Brooks, LeBoeuf, Bennett, Foster & Gwartney, P.A. can assist you in determining which factors apply or do not apply in your specific situation. Contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at Brooks, LeBoeuf, Bennett, Foster & Gwartney, P.A. today to schedule your free consultation. Our attorneys are happy to help you determine what solutions are available to provide you with the best defense possible in your case.