Police are vigilant in spotting boat drivers on rivers and lakes who are operating their watercraft under the influence of alcohol. A BUI differs significantly from a DUI, which is why you need to retain an attorney who understands these charges and knows how to navigate your case. If you are boarded and arrested by police for BUI, call a Miami BUI lawyer from my firm immediately!
I have been listed among the "Top 10 DUI Lawyers" by the Miami Herald and frequently lecture at legal seminars for DUI law and practice. I can use my DUI defense experience and background to fight aggressively for your defense if you are accused of any BUI offense.
I offer my valued clients the following advantages:
Under state law, there are key differences between driving under the influence (DUI) and boating under the influence (BUI). On the road, an officer needs probable cause to stop you for a suspected DUI, but on the water, law enforcement does NOT need a reason to stop your boat to ensure it complies with the laws and restrictions for operating a watercraft.
BUI officers can order you to stop your boat if they believe you are violating a regulation or are speeding, but they can also randomly stop you to inspect your equipment, check for a fishing compliance, or ensure you have your safety registration on board. Once aboard your boat, the officers can ask you to partake in a hand-held breath test, complete sobriety exercises, or take a chemical test via blood, breath, or urine.
A person can face a variety of BUI penalties depending on the severity of their case and how many prior BUI offenses they have.
Potential BUI penalties are as follows:
If you are facing second degree charges for BUI manslaughter, you may receive a sentence of up to 15 years in a state prison.
It is imperative that you consult with a qualified Miami BUI lawyer who specializes in DUI defense if you have been arrested for boating under the influence. An experienced defense attorney can walk you through your options and help you plan for the best strategy in court.
Contact my firm today so I can get you defense case in motion at once!