Boating Under the Influence Charges
Experienced Rancho Cucamonga Criminal Defense Attorneys
It is fairly common knowledge that driving under the influence (DUI) is illegal in all states, but not many people are aware of the rules regarding boating under the influence (BUI) charges. If you have been arrested for a BUI and are not sure where to even begin defending your rights, The Law Offices of Kirk Tarman & Associates are here to help you. It is important that you take action right away, as you might have as little as 10 days to react in some circumstances.
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BUI Compared to DUI in California
In many ways, a DUI and a BUI are seen somewhat similarly in California State law. Most notably, a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% constitutes illegal intoxication for both offenses. Minors who indulge in alcoholic beverages before boating are also judged under more scrutiny – it only takes 0.01% BAC to be considered a drunk minor – just as in DUI cases.
Some aspects of a BUI that distinguish it from a DUI include:
- Penalties: One conviction could include $1,000 in fines and a year in jail.
- Chemical testing: If you refuse any chemical testing of a BUI, you might not have an automatic suspension of your license, but you will likely face stricter sentencing if ultimately convicted.
- BAC Under 21: Minors with a BAC of 0.01% cannot use any sort of watercraft, including water skis, aquaplanes, jet skis, etc.
- Priors: Any drug- or alcohol-related violation on your criminal record can be used to escalate your penalties in a BUI case.
- License revocation: The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) can revoke your drivers' license just for being convicted of a BUI.
We Defend Our Clients from the Harsh Consequences of the Law
One mistake should not cause you to suffer a major setback, and no one should be convicted of a crime based on exaggerated accusations. We believe that you deserve to have your side of the story told and your rights respected by the prosecution, judge, and jury. At our law firm, our clients always come first – always.
We proudly serve clients throughout Southern California, including San Bernardino County, Riverside County, Los Angeles County, and Orange County.
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