Florida BUI (Boating Under the Influence) Attorney

We often hear about driving under the influence (DUI); however, did you know that boating under the influence (BUI) is also a serious crime? Unfortunately, this offense is all too common throughout Florida’s coastal cities. While boating under the influence will not cause you to lose your driver’s license, being convicted of this serious offense can provide you with severe penalties.

Consider these consequences that will require you to hire a Florida BUI attorney to represent you in court:

First Conviction

  • Fines ranging from $500 to $4,000
  • Jail time ranging from up to 6 or 12 months
  • Mandatory probation and enrollment in a substance abuse program for up to a year
  • Community service of 50 hours or additional fines
  • Impoundment of your boat for 10 days (if some circumstances this case be waived.)

Second Conviction

  • Fines ranging from $1,000 to $2,000
  • Jail time ranging from a minimum of 10 days or up to 6 or 12 months
  • Mandatory probation and enrollment in a substance abuse program for up to a year
  • Impoundment of your boat for 30 days

Third Conviction

  • Possible Third Degree Felony conviction
  • Fines ranging from $2,000 to $5,000
  • Jail time ranging from a minimum of 30 days or up to 12 months
  • Mandatory monthly reporting to probation officer and attendance for substance abuse program
  • Impoundment of your boat for 90 days

Be advised, if at the time of your arrest you had a minor in your boat, your Blood/Breath Alcohol Level (BAL) was .15 or more, or you had previous BUI convictions within 5 to 10 years, you will be subject to harsher penalties.

Your best defense against being convicted for boating under the influence is not to be out on our waters under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. However, if you are accused of this criminal offense, you need a BUI attorney who is experienced in representing this type of case. The criminal defense attorneys of The Law Office of Travis Koon will fight for your rights in court to make sure you receive the fair treatment you are entitled to under the law. Contact our office today to speak  in person with an attorney in Lake City, Florida or Miami but serving all of Florida.