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Some questions and answers regarding BUIs

Boating under the influence exists in a weird realm of law where many people have questions about the charge even though it may seem akin to a driving under the influence charge. However, there are some differences between the charges, so let's dive into some common questions that are asked by BUIs and how such a charge can impact an accused person.

Here we go:

  • When the police think you are boating under the influence, will they pull you over just like a traffic stop on the road? Yes they will, and they may even ask you to perform a field sobriety test or a breath test. Just like with a DUI, when you are accused of a BUI you will likely be compelled to give a breath test, so refusing it may hurt your case more than it helps.
  • Will you lose your boating license or spend time in jail for a BUI? It all depends on the specifics of your case and the laws that apply in your state. But, in general, the loss of your boating license is a common consequence.
  • Are BUIs treated seriously? They absolutely are. Laws that pertain to BUIs are rarely lenient on the accused or the convicted, so if you are accused of boating under the influence, you need to consult with an attorney as soon as possible.
  • If I accept a plea deal, will my consequences be reduced? Possibly, though you will still likely have some consequences relating to alcohol treatment and therapy. 

Source: FindLaw, "Boating Under the Influence (BUI) FAQs," Accessed Jan. 16, 2015

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