Getting caught driving under the influence of alcohol is a serious criminal offense in the state of Florida, just like it is everywhere else. Many people may not realize that boating under the influence is as serious an offense as DUI. The consequences, if convicted, are much the same.
Recently, a 47-year-old male was arrested and after his boat crashed and damaged some property. According to reports, the accused allegedly lost control of the vessel, causing him and two of his friends to be thrown from the boat. The craft continued moving, unmanned and out of control near the Stuart Causeway, when it finally hit a concrete dock, went airborne, hit another dock, and then finally came to a stop. The accused and one of his passengers were uninjured in the incident. The remaining passenger suffered a leg injury.
The accused was located and arrested soon after the crash occurred. Authorities say he failed breath and field sobriety tests, so he was arrested and taken to Martin County Jail. Bail of $750 was set in his case, which was paid, and he was released.
The consequences associated with a conviction in a BUI case include jail time, loss of driving privileges and fines — among various others. Such penalties can affect one negatively in both the short and long-term. Thankfully, Florida residents can fight BUI charges in the same manner they would DUI charges. Legal counsel will have the ability to review the details of the case, question evidence and help the accused fight for a case dismissal, a reduction in charges or alternative sentencing.