Boating While Intoxicated (BWI)
Help from a Skilled Plano BWI Defense Attorney
Texas law includes restrictions regarding alcohol consumption while operating
a boat—in fact it is charged as a Class B Misdemeanor. This means
that, if you are out on the water consuming alcohol, and are then given
a sobriety test, and you are found to have a
blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or above, you will likely be arrested for boating while intoxicated (BWI).
Texas law regards this type of offense similarly to that of a
DWI charge, meaning that operating any type of vehicle while under the influence
of drugs and/or alcohol is a crime. Regardless of whether it is a boat,
a Jet Ski, or any other type of watercraft, you could face jail time if
you are convicted of this charge.
If you have been arrested and charged with boating while intoxicated, you
should not hesitate to call a competent Plano defense attorney immediately.
Consequences of a BWI in Texas
Being caught by law enforcement while operating a boat or other watercraft
while intoxicated is a serious charge in Texas. If you are in the unfortunate
situation of having a previous conviction, you will be put into the category
of those who can expect "enhanced penalties." If you are arrested
for BWI while operating a boat with a 50 horsepower engine or greater,
your driver's license can be suspended.
Law enforcement handles the arresting procedure in the same way that they
would for a regular DWI offense, meaning that they will test the driver's
blood alcohol concentration with a breath test. If the suspected drunk
driver is over the legal limit, they will face penalties similar to those
of a driving while intoxicated charge. For even a first time offense,
the penalties can be severe.
The penalties for a BWI offense include:
First Offense: Up to 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine
Second Offense: Up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine
Third Offense: 2-10 years in jail and a $10,000 fine
Call a BWI Lawyer From The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC Today!
Do not approach the court without a skilled defense attorney who is familiar
with all of the details regarding charges related to operation of a watercraft
while intoxicated. Being drunk while driving a boat is frowned upon by
the authorities, and you will be treated accordingly. In cases such as
these, you will have options available to you, and having a qualified
lawyer working to explore those options is in your best interests.
Contact a Plano BWI defense attorney from The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC today!