What To Do When Facing A Boating While Intoxicated Arrest
With miles of beautiful rivers and ocean, boating is one of the most popular activities in the First Coast area. However, this also means that boating under the influence (BUI) charges are prevalent. If you or a family member has been charged with BUI in Jacksonville, it is important to work with attorneys who have experience in this highly technical field.
Whether you are from the Jacksonville area or you were visiting from out of state, Lockett Law, P.A. can represent you. BUI defense, much like standard DUI cases, require attorneys who specialize in this area. Did you know that in Florida an officer does not need probable cause to believe the operator of a vessel has committed a boating infraction to perform a stop. Officers are permitted to stop boats to perform “safety checks” and ask to see registration documents and check for proper safety equipment. This initial investigation often times leads to a BUI investigation.
Due to our extensive experience, we are deeply familiar with the law and how it can be applied to our clients’ BUI cases. Field sobriety exercises in the marine environment are easily challenged in many cases. Representing someone charged with BUI is not like a normal DUI case. It takes a great deal of knowledge and experience to reach a successful outcome. The punishment if convicted of a BUI can be just as harsh as a DUI.
Boating While Intoxicated
We have helped many people who were visitors to the area on vacations, as well as local residents. Although there is no suspension of the driver’s license as there is in DUI cases, you will be subject to other civil penalties such as a $500 fine if you refuse the breath test. We handle the companion civil side of the BUI case as well as the criminal court prosecution.
For a free consultation with our BUI defense attorneys, contact our law office in Jacksonville. You can reach Lockett Law, P.A. by calling 904-858-9818. We service of all of northeast Florida including St. Johns county, Clay county, Duval County, Fernandina Beach and throughout the First Coast area.
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