With summer in full swing, many of California’s lakes, rivers, and oceans are filled with boats. The weather is just right for people to enjoy time on the water, including swimming, water skiing, and drinking with friends and family. Law enforcement understands people are spending more time on the water this time of year, and they are aware that many of those people enjoy an alcoholic beverage or two while they’re out there.
One unfortunate consequence of alcohol and boating is an increase in boating under the influence (BUI) charges. Like driving under the influence (DUI), a BUI charge is very serious and should never be taken lightly. The penalties for a BUI conviction are severe and life-altering.
What Are the Penalties for Boating Under the Influence?
The penalties for a boating under the influence conviction vary depending on the details of the case. The following are a few of the penalties a person can face if they’re convicted of BUI:
- First Offense – Up to $1,000 in fines, up to six months in jail, and, in some cases, completion of a substance abuse treatment or education program.
- Second Offense – Up to a year in jail, up to $1,000 in fines, and participation in a substance abuse education or treatment program for up to 30 months.
What to Do If You’re Charged with Boating Under the Influence
If you’re charged with boating under the influence, you should contact an experienced BUI defense attorney as soon as possible. A boating under the influence lawyer can examine your case, determine the options available to you, and guide you through the process of securing the best possible outcome for your situation.
At The Law Office of Brian C. Andritch, we understand that being arrested can be frightening, especially if you’ve never been arrested before. Having Attorney Andritch in your corner can help put your mind at ease. He understands the criminal justice system inside and out.
Attorney Andritch spent several years as a prosecutor before becoming a defense lawyer. No one is better prepared to defend clients against whatever the prosecution throws at them than a former prosecutor.
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