BUI (Boating Under the Influence)

Just as it is a criminal offense to operate a car, truck, bus or motorcycle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, it is also illegal to operate a boat or other watercraft while under the influence. BUI (boating under the influence) is a serious criminal offense that typically results in similar penalties as for DUI (driving under the influence) and DWI (driving while intoxicated/impaired) offenses.

As with DUI, breath or blood tests may be administered to determine a boater's blood alcohol concentration. These results will play crucial role in whether the boater faces BUI charges as well as the severity of these charges.

An Overview of BUI Offenses in the United States

Though the specific laws and penalties may vary depending on the jurisdiction in which the alleged BUI offense occurred, the following are a few key factors related to boating under the influence in the U.S.:

· It is illegal to operate a watercraft while with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or greater, and/or while one's abilities are impaired by alcohol or drugs.

· A boat operator who is found guilty of BUI may face such criminal penalties as imprisonment, fines, court fees, probation and community service.

· Multiple convictions for BUI will result in enhanced penalties, including a longer term of imprisonment and higher fines.

· In addition to facing criminal charges for boating under the influence, a boat operator who stands accused of causing injury to another person in a boating accident may face legal accountability under a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.

It is helpful to get more information about boating under the influence and the various issues related to these charges. If you would like to learn more, you can review the topics covered in our information center and can also use our directory to connect with a local lawyer who provides criminal defense counsel in the face of BUI charges.

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