Boating Under the Influence s a serious criminal charge in Fort Lauderdale, Broward county Florida.
When you operate a boat impaired by alcohol you can cause a serious boating, jet ski, swimming, diving injury or water sport injury to other persons enjoying the Fort Lauderdale sunshine.
It is a violation of Florida law to operate a vessel while impaired by alcohol or other drugs. A vessel operator suspected of boating under the influence must submit to sobriety tests and a physical or chemical test to determine blood- or breath-alcohol content.
In Florida, a vessel operator is presumed to be under the influence if their blood- or breath-alcohol level is at or above .08.
Any person under 21 years of age who is found to have a breath-alcohol level of .02 or higher and operates or is in actual physical control of a vessel is in violation of Florida law.
In the Fort Lauderdale,BUI ( Boating underthe influence ) and DUI. ( driving under the influence ) are equally serious and carry the same criminal charges. You will be found guilty if:
You have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or greater (.02% for operators under 21); or you have
Impaired mental and or physical abilities due to alcohol or any controlled substance including marijuana or drugs.
If convicted, it will count as a prior DUI on any subsequent DUI arrests and will go to towards being considered a habitial offender. It can result in a drivers license suspension down the road. Boat operators under 21 will be arrested and charged with a BUI if their if their BAC level is higher than .02%.
If you are arrested for a DUI or BUI in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County Florida call the Law Office of Guy Seligman; where experience counts.
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