Did you know that Texas has roughly 300 navigable lakes? Combined, those
lakes have more than 4,900 miles of water to enjoy water-related activities,
such as fishing and boating. Since Texas is scorching during the summer,
there’s nothing better than hitting the water on a hot summer day.
Here in Plano, we’re not far from Lake Ray Hubbard, White Rock Lake,
Lewisville Lake, and Mountain Creek Lake. As locals, we are fortunate
to have access to such great lakes. Whether you’re living the “lake
life,” or simply taking your boat out on the water, you have to
be careful about one of America’s favorite pastimes – drinking
alcohol while boating, which is criminalized under Texas law.
Drinking & Boating Don’t Mix
It’s common knowledge that people often drink alcohol while boating,
and this happens all over the United States, not just in Texas. While
it seems harmless enough, the problem is that boats weigh a lot and a
drunk boater can easily cause a serious boating accident, which leads
to injuries or even death. For this reason, boating while intoxicated
is criminalized under
Section 49.06 of the Texas Penal Code,
Boating While Intoxicated (BWI).
How does the law define intoxicated? Under Sec. 49.01(2), intoxicated means,
“not having the normal use of mental or physical faculties by reason
of the introduction of alcohol” or drugs, or a combination of alcohol
Boating while “intoxicated” under Sec. 49.06 is a Class B misdemeanor,
- 72 hours to 6 months in jail,
- A maximum fine of $2,000, or
- By a fine and confinement.
Please understand that a conviction for BWI can have serious ramifications,
even if it’s merely prosecuted as a Class B misdemeanor. For starters,
a conviction would mean a permanent criminal record, which typically affects
employment, housing, and educational opportunities. Since a BWI comes
up on background checks, it can haunt you for years to come.
Are you facing BWI charges in Plano, Dallas or Fort Worth? If so, contact
The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC to work with a top-rated defense team!