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Is it possible to fight back against BUI charges in Rhode Island?

For many boaters, a relaxing day out on the water would not be complete with a few drinks. The issue though is when one or two drinks turns into more drinks and the driver of the boat becomes legally impaired. 

Just like with car and truck drivers, the legal blood alcohol content is the same for boat operators in Rhode Island. This means that if someone's BAC is 0.08 or higher, he or she could end up being charged with boating under the influence. 

According to a recent news report, a 46-year-old Rhode Island man was cited for BUI. This citation came after police asked the U.S. Coast Guard to locate the boater. The claim is that the boater was driving a powerboat, which had hit several other vessels in the Jamestown harbor before leaving the scene.

The U.S. Coast Guard located the powerboat shortly before 1 a.m., which goes to show that date and time do not necessarily matter when it comes to BUI patrol.

All too often, people mistakenly believe a BUI charge is not as serious as a DUI charge, but this is simply not true. A BUI charge can carry with it hefty consequences, such as fines and a loss of a boating license. According to one legal source, in cases where a drunk boater causes a fatal accident, the intoxicated boater can even end up facing time in prison. 

The thing to keep in mind with a BUI charge though, is that just like a DUI charge, there are legal options. Just because someone is charged with a crime, it does not mean that he or she actually is guilty. Additionally, if someone is guilty, it may be possible to work out a more favorable plea bargain. A criminal defense attorney with experience handing DUIs and BUIs will be able to provide more information.

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