Cape Cod Boating Under the Influence Attorneys

With a long history of fishing and coastline tourism, Cape Cod has deep-rooted ties to boating, both as a profession and a hobby. However, the freedom and openness of the seas does not mean that the law simply dissipates off the coast. Operating a boat while intoxicated is a serious criminal charge in the state of Massachusetts and it has many of the same punishments as intoxicated driving.

If you have been charged with boating under the influence, or BUI, you need aggressive legal representation. Contact Cape Cod boating under the influence defense attorney James Powderly at 508-343-0676 today for more information on your legal rights and options.

Boating Under the Influence Penalties

Enforcing BUI charges in Massachusetts occurs in a similar fashion to OUI enforcement on land. Operating a watercraft with a BAC over 0.08% will automatically warrant a BUI charge. In other situations, the arresting officer only needs sufficient proof of significant intoxication to issue these charges. Those convicted of BUI may face the following penalties:

  • Possible $1000 fine
  • Up to 30 months in jail
  • Loss of driving and boating licenses for up to one year

With each additional conviction, the penalties for boating under the influence become more severe and can quickly result in several years of jail time. If an injury occurs, different, more serious charges may be sought by prosecutors. With such strict penalties, it is important that you do everything possible to defend yourself if you have been charged with BUI.

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As with OUI enforcement, there are significant problems with BUI detection standards. Often, breathalyzer tests can prove too inaccurate to be relied on. However, with the reading of a 0.08% BAC, criminal charges will still be pursued.

If you have been charged with BUI, securing the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney should be a priority. For the assistance you need, contact Cape Cod boating under the influence defense lawyer James Powderly today by calling 508-343-0676.


Interview with a Former DUI Client