Can You Get a DUI While Operating a Boat?
- July 7, 2021 4:19 pm
- Written by admingl
- Categories: Criminal Defense | Drinking & Driving | Drugs | DUI | Florida Laws | Legal Advice | Practice Areas
We all know that driving a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol can result in a DUI. But what about when navigating Florida’s waterways?
Turns out, the state has strict rules regarding the use of alcohol and other substances while operating a boat on open water.
With summer in full swing, boat parties and afternoon excursions on the water are commonplace. These outings often involve the use of adult beverages and other substances as residents look to kick back and relax.
Although it is not illegal for the owner of a boat to enjoy alcohol when out on the water, it IS illegal for the individual operating the boat to have a BAC (blood alcohol concentration) of 0.08 or higher. Under Florida statute 327.25, any individual operating a boat who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol can be charged with a BUI (boating under the influence).
This charge isn’t just limited to alcohol intoxication, and extends to the use of prescription medication, illicit drugs and other substances that may alter physical capability, cognition or perception.
If you have been charged with a BUI or have questions about the legality of drinking while boating, reach out to our firm for further assistance.