With summer upon us, many people will be taking advantage of the warm weather and sunshine by going boating, water skiing, jet skiing, and the like. Those who do, and who might be imbibing, should be aware of “BUI” laws.
While everyone knows that it is illegal to drive while “under the influence” of alcohol and/or drugs, many may not be aware that similar laws apply on the water. That is, it is illegal in the State of California to engage in “Boating Under the Influence.”
Specifically, Harbors and Navigation Code section 655 provides as follows:
(b) No person shall operate any vessel or manipulate water skis, an aquaplane, or a similar device while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage, any drug, or the combined influence of an alcoholic beverage and any drug.
(c) No person shall operate any recreational vessel or manipulate any water skis, aquaplane, or similar device if the person has an alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or more in his or her blood.
“BUI” is a misdemeanor crime and can be punished by imprisonment in the county jail for up to six months, and/or by a fine of up to $1,000.00. (Harb. & Nav. Code, § 668, subd. (d).) If you have been arrested for “BUI,” you need an aggressive drunk driving defense law firm to represent you in your case. Contact the firm of Wallin & Klarich immediately to discuss your case.