Boating Under the Influence, also known as BUI, is a criminal offense in the State of Florida governed under Florida Statute 327.35. Under the law, a person is guilty of the offense of boating under the influence if the person is operating a vessel within this state and that person is under the influence of drugs or alcoholic beverages when affected to the extent that the person’s normal faculties are impaired, or the person has a BAC over .08.
BUI’s are extremely easy to come by for several reasons. First, boat operators are often times much less experienced than automobile operators. Second, unlike a traditional motor vehicle stop, law enforcement officers on the water can stop your boat and board it for a safety inspection at any time. Third, if you are required to perform field sobriety exercises, you may be experiencing sea sickness or dizziness from being on the water, which could impact your performance.
If you have been charged with BUI, contact a lawyer with our firm today at 813-281-2897. We have several experienced attorneys on staff who know how to fight BUI’s. Additionally, we have three former prosecutors working for our firm who know the law and know how the state will build a case against you. Call today for a free consultation.