Boating Under The Influence (BUI)
Laws combating boating under the influence (BUI) were strengthened considerably in 2008. No longer are BUI charges limited to the operators of motor boats or sailboats. Now anyone operating or in physical control of any vessel can be arrested. This includes paddle boats, Jet Skis, kayaks, canoes and other watercraft. Also, the limit on blood alcohol content (BAC) was reduced from .10 to .08.
At the office of Eric A. Sunness, Attorney At Law, LLC, our experienced BUI defense lawyers serve clients in Fort Collins, Loveland, Larimer County and throughout northern Colorado. We understand what it takes to defend against these charges. Our firm uses our considerable skills and resources to avoid a conviction or lessen the damage done by these charges.
For a free initial consultation with a Fort Collins BUI defense attorney, please call 970-493-3600 or toll free 888-830-9445.
Drunk Boating Is A Serious Crime
It is a misdemeanor to operate or to be in control of a vessel in Colorado while under the influence of alcohol, with convictions carrying harsh mandatory penalties:
- First conviction: A fine of up to $1,000 and a jail sentence of not less than five days or more than one year, and up to 96 hours of useful public service
- Subsequent conviction within five years: Fine of up to $1,500 and not less than 60 days or more than a one-year jail term, and up to 120 hours of useful public service
Though you may have been under the influence of a drug that you have a prescription for, that will not be a valid defense against BUI charges. It is important to have an experienced attorney on your side who can find flaws in the prosecution’s case and limit your exposure to these harsh mandatory penalties.