DWI: Boating Under The Influence
The purpose of DWI laws is for safety between drivers, passengers, and the community. These laws aren’t restricted to cars, however. There are laws that “allow law enforcement officials to stop boats and other watercraft, and make sure that boat operators and their passengers are safe enough to be allowed on the water, according to Findlaw’s DUI section. These laws shouldn’t be taken any less seriously than DWI laws for cars.
BUI, or boating under the influence, penalties range from civil fines and losing your boating license to prison time for criminal charges such as in the case of a fatality. The authorities, both federal and state, can pull over the person operating the water vehicle, similarly to being pulled over on a highway or street in a car for being suspected of a DUI.
Circumstances happen at sea that are sometimes due to “boater’s fatigue” rather than boating under the influence. This can be due to factors such as heat, the sun, noise, the wind, glare, and even the motion of a boat on the water for a long period of time. These factors can affect both the physical and mental abilities of the boat operator while on water.
Have you been arrested for boating under the influence? Believe it or not, this is exactly the situation where an experienced DWI lawyer comes in handy. The Southern Oaks Law Team is here to help. DWI attorney Taylor Fontenot knows the specifics of Louisiana’s local DWI laws. Contact Taylor today and know you are getting sympathy and strength as well as competency and expertise.