Boating Under the Influence (BUI)
Fresno DUI & Criminal Defense Attorneys
California State legislation considers a watercraft to be similar, legally,
to automobiles. Due to this definition, boating under the influence (BUI)
laws are nearly identical to driving under the influence (DUI) laws.
You can be arrested for a BUI if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC)
level is over:
0.08% and you are controlling a recreational vessel.
0.04% and you are controlling a commercial watercraft.
If you have been arrested for boating under the influence, you need to
act fast to protect your rights. Law enforcement will be eager to see
you convicted, for a boating accident is generally far more dangerous
than an automobile accident, and being intoxicated while driving a boat
can increase the chances of a crash. Start thinking about how you can
protect yourself from the charges now by getting a
free case evaluation from our Fresno BUI lawyers at Wapner & Jones, P.C.
Boating Areas Around Fresno
There are around
one million boats and watercraft registered in California and an unknown amount of
unregistered vessels. Surprisingly to some, Fresno County actually has
numerous lakes and rivers, especially to the northeast in the national
park regions. This makes the area a popular destination for recreational boating.
Local waterways in Fresno County include:
- Bass Lake
- Huntington Lake
- Shaver Lake
- Pine Flat Lake
- Millerton Lake
- Kings River
Law enforcement will patrol these areas, looking for anyone who might be
enjoying drinks on their boats with friends and family. During the summer
season, you can expect their patrols to increase in frequency and intensity.
It is important to remember your rights as a boater with a registered
vehicle and request to see a warrant if your vessel is searched for evidence
Defend Your Rights with an Avid Boater & Attorney
Fresno Criminal Defense Attorney Terry Wapner has been a recreational boater
in Fresno since his early childhood. He is completely familiar with the
rules and regulations of boating, including boating under the influence
charges and accusations. As an accomplished DUI attorney, he is further
able to improve his services to his BUI clients by bringing decades of
similar experience to the table.
Contact us today and we can talk about your legal options.