Boating while under the influence of alcohol and drugs can lead to fatal boating accidents. Just like on the road, a person must ensure they are fully able to function and think clearly when they get behind the steering wheel of a boat. If a person gets into a boating accident and the driver who hit them was intoxicated, then the driver can be seriously penalized for the harm they inflicted on everyone around them.

When a person is boating, they need to remain coordinated and they need to have clear judgment. However, when a person is intoxicated these two states are unachievable by the driver and this can lead to catastrophic and life-changing results. It is important to note that it is not necessarily illegal to drink an alcoholic beverage while boating. However, it is illegal to operate a boat when a person has their judgment impaired by alcohol.

If a person’s BAC is at the legal limit or higher or they are not in their proper senses, then an officer may hold them to account and charge them for boating under the influence.

Penalty for boating under the influence in Largo, Florida

Anyone caught for a BUI will face serious legal consequences because of how much harm their actions can cause. A first offense results in a fine of $500 and up to six months in county jail. A BUI second offense results in a fine of $1000 and up to 9 months in county jail. The more times a person is caught for this crime, the higher their penalties will be. If they get caught for a third offense within 10 years, they can face up to five years in state prison and fines of $5000.

A person can avoid facing such a charge by making sure they only take non-alcoholic beverages with them on their trip. They should also make sure they limit the trip to avoid fatigue and they wear comfortable clothes that will keep them remain cool and prevent them from the need to consume alcoholic beverages. If a person is called in for a BUI charge, they should connect with a criminal defense attorney to help them defend themselves so their penalties can be reduced.

Get in touch with a criminal defense attorney at the Law Office of Trevena Pontrello today to get help with one’s BUI case.

Reach them at:

801 W Bay Drive Suite 509, Largo, FL 33770

Located in the Wells Fargo Bank Building

Proudly Serving West Central Florida, including Belleair Bluffs and Largo

(727) 581-5813

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