Boating Under the Influence in San Diego
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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
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:
- Water skis
- 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.
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!