Clearwater Boating Accident Lawyers
What many people may not realize is that boating under the influence (BUI) is viewed by courts as another form of DUI. There are serious consequences associated with BUI and they require equally serious, knowledgeable counsel.
The Tampa BUI attorneys at Bauer Crider & Parry have more than 130 years of combined legal experience handling all types of DUI charges, including BUI. Our commitment to providing our clients with solid defense representation has led to us gaining a reputation throughout Florida as a firm to refer people to and a firm respected for its quality and skill. If you have been charged with BUI, contact us today to schedule a free consultation at any of our offices.
If a drinking while boating accident occurs on any pond, lake, intra-coastal, reservoir, or out on the ocean, not only can you be subject to a civil suit, but criminal charges may follow as well. Even if you are just casually boating on the waters and there is no other boat in sight, if you are operating any kind of watercraft, including a Jet Ski, while drinking or intoxicated, you can be subjected to charges if you are pulled over.
More importantly, it is not only local law enforcement that is patrolling the waters, but if you are on the ocean, the Coast Guard can also board your vessel. Even while conducting a routine boat check, if they suspect alcohol, they can make you go to the shore and they may administer a field sobriety test.
If you are charged with BUI, you may be subject to fines, court costs, and you may be required to take boating safety courses. These types of charges can also affect your ability to keep your boat and you may be subject to jail time if you are a multiple offender. These types of charges can also put your driver's license in danger of being suspended if you are later pulled over for a DUI.
Our Tampa BUI attorneys can help minimize the impact of these charges by exploring if there were legitimate grounds for you being taken ashore and if the field sobriety test and Breathalyzers were administered properly. We are here to see if there is a way to minimize the charges or sentence, depending on the situation.
With offices in Tampa, Clearwater or Port Richey, we represent clients throughout south Florida on all levels of BUI charges. Contact us [Link to Contact Us] to schedule a consultation with a qualified Tampa DUI defense attorney.