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Have you been arrested for operating a boating accident under the influence of alcohol or drugs? If you have, you could face severe consequences and your driver’s license may be affected. Continue reading to better understand your rights when you are arrested for Boating Under the Influence (BUI).

What is Boating Under the Influence (BUI)?

Drugs and alcohol can make you feel tired and impair your ability to operate a watercraft. If you are boating with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) at or over the 0.08% limit, this could trigger the suspension or revocation of your driver’s license. As a repeated offender, you may face even harsher consequences like jail time and hefty fines. In either scenario, you will have a permanent criminal record for the rest of your life.

Understanding Your Rights

Although law enforcement can board your boat with enough probable cause, remember that you have the right to remain silent, which protects both your legal rights and best interests. You also have the right to an attorney, particularly if you are being questioned by law enforcement. You should inform the police officers who board your boat that you do not want to answer questions without the presence of an attorney. The police may not search your boat or your person without either your consent or probable cause. If they do so, any evidence they find may be dismissible.

What Happens If You Are Arrested For a BUI?

If you are arrested for boating under the influence, you will be removed from your boat and taken into police custody. You will be taken to the police station where you will be booked and fingerprinted, and then you may be taken to a county jail where you will await your arraignment. A judge will inform you of the charges against you and your bail amount will be set.

Contact an Ocean City BUI Defense Lawyer Now

You could lose your driving privileges if you are convicted of a BUI. Protect your rights and your future with the help of a Maryland criminal defense attorney. Richard Brueckner is an experienced drunk-driving lawyer who will fight zealously for your best interests. Call today for an appointment to discuss your legal options with an attorney by dialing (410) 430-1464. Serving Ocean City and surrounding metropolitan areas in Maryland.