Boating Under the Influence (BUI) Penalties in Jacksonville

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As Florida leads the nation with water and boat related fatalities, the punishments for being convicted of a BUI in Jacksonville are harsh. The penalties for a BUI offender in Florida are as follows:

• Fines from $500 to $4000
• Possible jail sentence
• Mandatory boating safety course
• Mandatory substance abuse education, evaluation and treatment
• Mandatory 50 hours of community service
• Impoundment or immobilization of your vessel for 10 days
• Suspension of boating privileges

BUI penalties are more severe if they also include any of the following:

• BUI causing serious bodily injury or property damage
• BUI manslaughter
• Repeat BUI or DUI offenses
• A blood alcohol content (BAC) of .15 or greater
• BUI with children or people under age 18 aboard

Any Jacksonville BUI incident that caused serious injury or fatality could mean a prison sentence of up to 15 years. With a good Jacksonville BUI lawyer you can fight the charges against you. Contrary to what you may think, proving someone was boating under the influence is more difficult than proving someone was driving under the influence due to the nature of boating and the issue of proving who was actually driving. Also, unlike a DUI you will not lose your driver’s license, but your boating privileges can be suspended.

If you are facing the unfortunate possibility of fees, penalties and having your boating privileges revoked as a result of a BUI conviction in Jacksonville, you need a Jacksonville BUI attorney who can fight your case. Call The Lonker Law Group today!

If you want to appeal a DUI conviction, you only have limited time to do so. If you feel you were wrongly convicted of a DUI charge, you need a qualified Jacksonville DUI Appeals Attorney to fight your case. Contact The Lonker Law Group, Jacksonville’s DUI attorney.

Received a DUI in Jacksonville? Educating yourself is critical. Read more about what to do if charged with a DUI in Jacksonville.

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