Boating under the influence laws or boating while intoxicated laws

Boating under the influence (BUI) or boating while intoxicated (BWI) is treated much like DUI-DWI in most states, and in most circumstances, there are the same possible charges of BUI-BWI as there are DUI-DWI. Little case law (appellate decisional law) on the subject, because few trials go up on appeal that would help establish case law. However, because of the similarities between BUI-BWI and DUI-DWI it is likely the courts in your jurisdiction would apply the same thought process and legal reasoning to both situations.

Most states treat BUI-BWI convictions the same way as DUI-DWI, by suspending your right to drive. But, other states (e.g., Georgia) ties a BUI-BWI conviction ONLY to your right to operate a vessel. Hence, far fewer people hire a BUI attorney in Georgia due to the lessened impact on the all-important right to drive a vehicle on our highways.

For certain people who hold special certifications or licenses (i.e., pilots who fly private or commercial planes) such an arrest and conviction may terminate his or her right to pilot an aircraft. The best bet, if charged with BUI-BWI, is to get to an experienced and knowledgeable DUI attorney in your state to learn all of the ramifications of being arrested for boating under the influence.

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