Boating Under The Influence (BUI) Charges
While most people are very familiar with driving under the influence (DUI) charges, many are surprised to find that boating under the influence (BUI) is a crime as well. In California, it is illegal to operate a boat or other watercraft while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. To be deemed “under the influence,” a boat operator must have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or greater, and/or abilities that are impaired due to alcohol or drugs.
If you have been arrested in connection with BUI charges, you need an experienced attorney to protect your rights. You could be in danger of facing time in county jail, fines, and other penalties. An Atascadero BUI attorney at the 805 Law Group can work quickly to protect your interests in any and all court proceedings related to your case. Fighting BUI charges is complex, but with our intimate knowledge of blood alcohol testing and viable challenges based on legislation and case law, we can take a strategic and aggressive approach to your case.
Challenging BUI Charges
BUI may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony offense in California, pursuant to California Vehicle Code § 23152. Penalties may include:
- Misdemeanor BUI: 6 months to 1 year in county jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
- Felony BUI: 16 months, 2 years, or 3 years in jail.
When we take on a case involving boating under the influence, we prepare, prepare, and prepare. This is a crucial aspect of criminal defense counsel, as it allows us to anticipate any possibility and pursue maximum success in each unique situation.
Your Atascadero BUI defense lawyer may be able to successfully identify and expose:
- An improperly administered blood alcohol test.
- Abilities that were actually not impaired by alcohol or drugs.
- Violations of search and seizure rights.
- Mishandled evidence.
- Other constitutional violations.