Boating While Intoxicated (BWI)

Our state has more miles of inland waterways than any other state. Add this to our beautiful Gulf Coast beaches and you’ll soon realize just how much water Texans have been blessed with. Many people take advantage of this by traveling the waterways with boats and jetskis. A boat is a motor vehicle. As a result, if you are believed to be operating this motor vehicle while intoxicated, you can be charged with Boating while Intoxicated.  If you have been accused of a BWI, Boating While Intoxicated, you will need a skilled lawyer to help defend your innocence.

 Boating While Intoxicated (BWI)

Boating while intoxicated, sometimes abbreviated BWI or BUI, describes the charge of operating a boat, jet-ski, or other water vessel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. It is illegal to operate a boat with a blood alcohol level or breath concentration of over 0.08% in the state of Texas. A BWI charge can result in the same DWI penalties that exist for drivers who operate an automobile while under the influence. In addition, your boating license can be suspended. If you have been charged with BWI, it is important to contact a Houston DWI lawyer as soon as possible to start exploring your legal options and mounting a strong defense.

Texas Game Wardens are the typical agents who investigate and arrest Boating While Intoxicated cases. They continuously patrol waters to enforce the BWI law. Most of the time, they stop boats under the pretext of a safety check. From there, the investigation begins. Because of the inability to provide Standard Field Tests, the Warden will normally offer a battery of questionable mental acuity tests. Sometimes, the Game Warden will take the accused to the shore and provide field tests after the decision to arrest has been made. Ultimately, the Game Warden will offer a breath or blood test. These cases are thoroughly defensible.

As with DWI charges, penalties can vary on a case per case basis and depend on a number of factors including level of intoxication, age, and harm to others. Penalties range from fines and license suspension to community service or jail time. In fact, a person arrested for BWI may be jailed for up to 180 days.

Defense for BWI Charges

If you are facing boating while intoxicated charges, having a skilled and dependable team of DWI defense lawyers in your corner is an invaluable asset. Our team at Chernoff Law, has successfully represented a number of clients facing BWI charges. We want to help you navigate your situation with ease because we know facing a BWI charge can be daunting. Let us provide you with top-notch legal representation now.