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What is the BUI Limit in Florida?

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.

Similar to DUI laws, the legal blood alcohol limit for operating a boat is .08% - anything above .08% is considered boating under the influence. Any person under the age of 21 can be charged with a BUI if they have any alcohol in their system, any test run on a underage boat operators must be 0% blood alcohol content.

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.

Florida BUI Penalties

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 include:

  • First conviction—Fines of up to $500 and jail time of no more than 6 months
  • Second conviction—Fines of up to $1,000 and jail time of no more than 9 months
  • Third violation outside of 10 years of a prior—Fines up to $2,500 and up to 12 months of jail
  • Third violation within a 10 year of a prior felony—Jail time of no more than 5 years
  • Fourth or subsequent conviction—Fine of no less than $1,000
  • BUI causing or contributing to property damage—Jail time of up to 12 months
  • Second degree charges for BUI manslaughter - Up to 15 years in a state prison

Jonathan Blecher, P.A. BUI Legal Counsel

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:

  • Extensive experience in over 30 years practice
  • Membership in the National College for DUI Defense
  • A Perfect 10.0 Superb rating from Avvo
  • Experience as a former prosecutor
  • In Florida Trend's Legal Elite and Cambridge Who's Who in Law

Contact my firm today so I can get you defense case in motion at once!

Why Choose Us?

  • Skilled Former Prosecutor
  • Defended More than 3,000 DUI Cases
  • Named a “Top Ten DUI Lawyer” by the Miami Herald
  • Defended Thousands of People
  • AV Preeminent® Rating on Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Earned a Perfect 10.0 Superb Avvo Rating
  • More than 30 Years of Dedication & Experience

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