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Boating While Intoxicated

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!