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Boating under the influence (BUI) is a similar offense to driving under
the influence in that the approved blood alcohol concentration must be
below .08% for drivers over 21 and under .02% in drivers under 21. Sentencing
will depend upon the number of convictions and the severity of the crime.
All sentences include mandatory substance abuse classes and monthly probation
reporting, as well as a possible 12-month probation period including community
service and the 10-day impounding of your boat.
LeavenLaw has fought for the rights of those facing criminal charges. Our St. Petersburg
criminal defense attorney team is proud to uphold a tradition of excellence and work towards
the best possible outcome for each of our clients. We have the experience
and resources to handle a wide variety of cases. To learn more about your
Penalties for a BUI Conviction
Boating under the influence is a criminal offense that Florida law enforcement
agencies are cracking down upon more and more. Penalties for a BUI conviction
can be severe, ranging from community service and probation to imprisonment
and heavy fines.
Although most BUI cases are charged as
misdemeanors, charges and sentences will vary depending upon any prior convictions:
- 1st conviction (no priors) - $250-500 fine / up to 6 months in prison
- 2nd conviction - $500-1000 fine / up to 9 months in prison
- 3rd conviction (10+ years after prior convictions) - $1000-2500 fine /
up to 12 months in prison
3rd conviction (within 10 years of prior convictions) or 4th conviction –
Florida is known for its beautiful beaches and excellent boating spots.
Unfortunately, with the increasing popularity of boating and a large number
of boats in Florida’s waters, accidents occur. BUI can be a cause
of these accidents and so Florida law enforcement agencies are on the
lookout for drivers who appear to be impaired or intoxicated.
Call an Experienced St. Petersburg BUI Lawyer for a Consult!
The criminal defense lawyers at LeavenLaw are committed to helping Tampa
and St. Petersburg residents with their BUI charges. Through experience
and dedication as well as aggressive courtroom techniques, we will give
you the defense you need and deserve.