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Boater charged with chemical test refusal after collision in Mount Hope Bay

Like other states, Rhode Island has an implied consent law. That means when you obtain a driver's license, you give implied consent to blood-alcohol testing in the event that you're suspected of drunk driving. If you refuse chemical testing, then you can be charged with BAC test refusal. The same goes for boaters suspected of boating under the influence.

Recently an Illinois man was charged with refusing a blood-alcohol test after an incident in Mount Hope Bay. He was reportedly driving a 19-foot power boat at night when the vessel hit an unoccupied sailboat near Bristol Narrows. The collision resulted in injuries to the boat operator and two other people, all of whom were taken to a hospital in Providence.

As we discussed in a recent post, arresting officers are required to inform drivers of the consequences of refusing a chemical test. Failure to inform an arrestee of these penalties could be grounds for a strong DUI or BUI defense.

Boaters accused of boating under the influence in Rhode Island should also be aware of the possible penalties, which could include jail time, hundreds of dollars in fines, suspension of the right to operate a boat, boat safety training, and alcohol treatment.

If you have been charged with BUI or chemical test refusal, then don't hesitate to speak with a BUI defense lawyer about your available legal options. No conviction is automatic, and there may be ways of successfully defending against the charge. What you should not do is go it alone.

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