With Spring fast approaching many people will soon be taking to the water to enjoy fishing and other recreational activities in their boats. Many people do not understand the rules governing boating under the influence as well as its counterpart DUI. In the Northwest, boating is a part of everyday life for many people, and understanding the laws which govern BUI is essential. While the laws which govern DUI and BUI are different is several respects, the BUI and DUI violations have similar standards for measurement.
For more information regarding your rights as a BUI defendant, call the Law Offices of Paul F. Sherman at (503) 223-8441 or toll free at (888) 824-2151 or Contact Us for a Free BUI consultation.
Methods for Measurement of BUI
There are three methods of measurement for boating under the influence. Failing any one of these test can result in a BUI charge.
- .08 blood alcohol by breath test
- .08 blood alcohol by blood or urine test
- Behavioral evidence of intoxication
All boating operators are under the implied consent requirements for submitting to testing for intoxicants. However, unlike DUI, a refusal does not operate as an automatic suspension of your boating privileges. The refusal may however be offered as evidence against you on the charge of BUI. A conviction for operating a boat under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance is a Class A Misdemeanor.
The penalties for operating a boat under the influence are substantial and can result in jail time and the loss of your operating privileges. For more information regarding the defense of your rights on BUI charges, call the Law Offices of Paul F. Sherman at (888) 821-2151 or Contact Us for a Free BUI consultation.