Boating Under the Influence in San Diego

Get Help from Our San Diego BUI Defense Attorney!

Were you enjoying a day out in San Diego’s beautiful waters when you were stopped by a law enforcement officer? Many people do not realize that anytime a motor vehicle is involved, whether it be a car or a boat, they may be brought up on charges of driving under the influence. The last thing many of us want to think about when boating with friends and family is whether or not an overzealous police officer will cause problems. Thankfully, Attorney Mark R. De Yoe is here when you have run into trouble.

It is crucial that you act quickly to procure the services of an attorney that has extensive experience with California BUI laws. Contact our San Diego DUI lawyer today to get started on your defense!

How H&N Code 655 Governs BAC Laws

If you have been charged with boating under the influence of alcohol there are some things you need to know. The California Harbor and Navigation Code 655 (H&N Code 655) lays out the criteria for conviction and penalties of persons charged with BUI including fines, jail time or prison sentence and California DUI School.

Under H&N Code 655 a person may not operate any of the following if they are found to be under the influence of alcohol:

  • Boat
  • Water skis
  • Aquaplane
  • Jet ski
  • Any similar equipment

As long as the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) remains below 0.08% for a private operator or below 0.04% for a commercial operator, you may not only have an open container of alcohol but may consume as it well. If the BAC rule is violated you may be charged with BUI.

If you are convicted of a first time offense of BUI the consequences may be as follows:

  • Up to 6 months in city jail
  • Maximum $1,000 in fines
  • Completion of California DUI School

Unfortunately, many law officers are on the lookout for potential BUI cases in San Diego based on its popularity for water-based attractions. On busy weekends and holidays, officers are likely to file charges against people that are innocent and falsely accuse them of being too intoxicated to operate their watercraft. If you have been accused of BUI, do not accept the officer’s judgment!

Speak with a seasoned DUI attorney that can help you understand your rights and defenses to these allegations. Our firm can help show that you were operating a self-propelled boat, symptoms mistaken for intoxication could be attributed to a day in the sun, field sobriety tests were not valid, or that the officer illegally stopped your watercraft.

Attorney Mark R. De Yoe, APLC offers free case consultations to get started!

Get Help If You Were Arrested While Operating A Watercraft

When faced with a BUI, you may feel confused about where to begin. Mark R. De Yoe, APLC has represented more than 1,000 clients in their DUI cases over the last 28 years and knows how to help you get started with your defense. Through practical experience, skill and dedication Attorney De Yoe has been helping people change their lives for the better with the best possible outcomes of their cases.

Attorney De Yoe litigates in all areas of DUI defense including breath and blood tests, DUI with child endangerment, field sobriety tests and BUI defense. Contact our team today if you need help with BUI charges in the San Diego area!