When you hear about a drunk driving case, chances are you aren’t thinking about it occurring on a body of water. However, boating under the influence is a very real charge, and it carries many of the same penalties that a DUI has. The penalties are largely influenced by the circumstances of your case and the laws that apply in your state. For example, here in Colorado, the blood alcohol limit for a boater is 0.10.
BUIs function in a very similar manner to DUIs. You can be pulled over while operating a boat if you are suspected by the police of being intoxicated. You can even be subjected to a field sobriety test or a breath test.
If you are convicted on the charge of boating under the influence of alcohol, the consequences can be severe. You will likely lose your boating permit or license, and you would need to attend classes, therapy and counseling regarding your boating and your behavior. In addition, there would be significant financial penalties and fines, and your reputation can be permanently tarnished as a result of a BUI.
The point we’re trying to make here is that boating under the influence is no laughing matter. Many Colorado residents enjoy weekends away at a lake during the summer months. During these weekends, they may enjoy some drinks and a ride out on a boat. It is important to be responsible on these trips. If you are accused of boating under the influence, then you need to defend yourself accordingly.