boating under the influence explained


Boating under the influence (BUI) is the crime of operating a boat or other water vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If your abilities are impaired because you have consumed alcohol or a controlled substance or drug (including prescription drugs), or if your blood alcohol level is .08% or above, you are legally considered to be boating under the influence and can be arrested.

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Penalties for BUI in Florida

If you are convicted for boating under the influence, you may face the following penalties:

First Conviction:
            $250 to $500 fine
            Up to 6 months in jail

Second Conviction:
            $500 to $1,000 fine
            Up to 9 months in jail

Third Conviction (after 10 years):            
            $1,000 to $2,500 fine
            Up to 12 months in jail

Fourth Conviction, or Third Conviction within 10 years:
            Third degree felony charge
            Up to 5 years in prison
            Fine of up to $5,000

BUI causing serious bodily injury:
            Fine of up to $5,000
            Prison sentence of up to 5 years

BUI manslaughter:
            First or Second degree felony charge
            Up to 15 or 30 years in prison
            Fine of up to $10,000


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The material on this page represents general legal advice. Since the law is continually changing, some of the provisions contained here may be out of date. It is always best to consult a criminal defense attorney about your legal rights and responsibilities regarding your particular case.