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BUI Lawyer in Palm Springs

Representation for Boating While Intoxicated Charges

California has beautiful waterways and many residents choose to spend their time recreationally boating in the many lakes, rivers, and oceanside surrounding our state. While boating can be leisurely, it is important to remember that there are specific laws and regulations governing the use of alcohol and impairing substances while operating a boat. California Harbors & Navigation Code 655 defines that boating while under the influence (BUI) is a punishable offense.

Operating a vessel, recreational boat, or small craft while under the influence can result in numerous penalties. Following an arrest, protect your boating privileges and your rights by contacting a Palm Springs BUI attorney from the Law Offices of Manuel J. Barba right away.

Understanding BUI Laws in California

Boating under the influence means that you are operating any water-going craft while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The vessel may be commercial or recreational, small craft or large vessel, and include the operation of recreational apparatuses such as water skis or wakeboards. If you are no longer able to safely operate the boat with the same care that you would be able to without being under the influence, you are considered too impaired to operate the vessel.

Harbor Patrol, Water Patrol, the Coast Guard, and other law enforcement can arrest you if:

  • You are exhibiting signs of not being able to operate the vessel in a safe matter
  • You are operating the vessel on an erratic course
  • You caused an accident with another vessel or with a diver, skier, or individual in the water
  • You did not adhere to breath or blood tests

Just like DUI, BUI also requires that in order to safely operate the vessel you must have a blood alcohol content of .08% or less. Anything higher could result in a BUI charge.

Have You Been Arrested? Call the Law Offices of Manuel J. Barba Today

Boating and drinking can be considered socially acceptable, but it can still result in a misdemeanor or felony charge. Understanding the laws of the waterway and how alcohol and substances can affect your ability to safely operate a boat can help you avoid a BUI charge.

However, if you are facing a criminal offense, call a Palm Springs BUI attorney from the Law Offices of Manuel J. Barba right away. We can be reached for a consultation at (760) 205-3011.

“We became DUI lawyers to defend citizens from law enforcement and prosecutors' zealous desire to get convictions.”

- Attorney Manuel J. Barba
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