Defending People Charged With Boating Under the Influence
Operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol is a crime. This applies to people who operate boats on Virginia waterways, as well as those operating motor vehicles. If you have been arrested for boating under the influence (BUI), you face significant penalties. You need strong and effective defense representation.
Kearney, Freeman, Fogarty & Joshi, PLLC, in Fairfax, Virginia, is a team of experienced criminal defense lawyers that vigorously defends people accused of BUI, DUI and other offenses. When you retain our firm to represent you, we will work diligently to minimize the potential consequences and obtain the best possible outcome for you.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
Protecting Your Rights, Preserving Your Freedom
Potentially successful BUI defense strategies are the same for BUI cases as for DUI. Our firm will carefully examine the circumstances of your arrest, looking for a way to obtain a dismissal of the charge or reduction to a non alcohol offense. Factors that could result in a positive outcome include:
- Lack of probable cause to stop your boat and investigate
- Improperly conducted field sobriety tests
- Inadmissible blood alcohol test results
BUI Penalties in Virginia
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and state police regularly patrol the waterways of our state, looking for boaters who are over the legal limit. This limit is the same as for DUI (.08 percent blood alcohol content for adults, .02 percent for minors). If you are convicted, you face these potential penalties:
- Fine of up to $2,500
- Up to 12 months in jail
- Loss of your boating license for up to three years
- Mandatory completion of the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program
Contact an Attorney
For a consultation with an aggressive boating DUI defense attorney, contact Kearney, Freeman, Fogarty & Joshi, PLLC.