Boating while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal and can result in criminal charges. If you have been accused of boating under the influence (BUI), you should immediately contact a Cincinnati DUI attorney at Patituce & Associates for effective legal counsel. Our team of former prosecutors has decades of combined experience and is ready to protect your rights.
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Like DUI involving cars, it is illegal to operate, or be in physical control of, a boat or other vessel with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or higher. If law enforcement has reason to believe that a boater is operating while intoxicated, the officer may request to inspect the boat and perform a DUI test. These tests are the same as DUI for land vehicles and include blood, urine, breath, and field sobriety tests. If these tests are refused, the boater could face penalties under Ohio's implied consent law.
BUI charges should be taken seriously, as a conviction carries serious penalties. These penalties include a fine of up to $1,000, up to six months in jail, and probation for up to five years. A second or third offense within ten years will result in a mandatory minimum jail sentence of 10 days or 30 days, respectively. If the BUI offense resulted in injury or death to someone else, these penalties are enhanced. Furthermore, if a BUI suspect chooses not to submit to chemical tests, he or she could be barred from registering or operating a watercraft for one year.
Boating under the influence is not a matter to be taken lightly. If you are facing allegations of BUI and are seeking a qualified attorney to represent you, contact Patituce & Associates. Our team zealously advocates for people accused of BUI and DUI in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, and throughout Ohio. We are backed by a history of successful case outcomes, so you can be confident that we have what it takes to help you pursue the most favorable result possible.
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