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Charged with boating under the influence? You can fight this

Most South Carolina residents are aware of state laws regarding driving under the influence. Those convicted of this type of activity may lose their driving privileges and face fines and/or jail time -- depending on the circumstances. Few people may realize that these same punishments can apply to those convicted of boating under the influence.

What is boating under the influence? Just as drivers of motor vehicles can be arrested for driving while intoxicated, boat operators can be arrested for the same. First time offenders will be required to pay fine and/or spend time in jail. Alternative sentencing can also be sought; in some cases, this would equate to public service in lieu of serving jail time. Subsequent offenses would increase fine amounts and jail terms.

Along with the fines and/or jail time, those convicted of BUI may suffer some of the same consequences seen with a DUI conviction. As these penalties can have a negative impact on a person's professional and home life, fighting BUI charges can help minimize the blow. To learn more about BUI, the potential consequences and how an attorney can help your situation, please visit our Charleston Boating Under The Influence Lawyer page.

As South Carolina is home to miles of beautiful coastline and waterways, boating is simply a common pastime and part of living in this state. Knowing this, law enforcement officials are always on the lookout for those who appear to be boating under the influence. Those who have been arrested and charged with BUI have every right to question officer intent and the accuracy of any chemical tests performed. An experienced criminal defense attorney will know what to ask and how to most effectively fight the charges at hand.

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