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FRANK D. BUTLER is an attorney in the State of Florida for the past 22 years and is licensed in every Court in Florida, including all state and federal courts. Frank is an avid outdoor enthusiast and represents people injured in boating accidents and cruise ship injuries. You should be careful to hire an attorney who knows the issues specific to cruise ship cases and boating accidents.

I grew up in Florida and have been around the boating and marine industry my entire life. I have filed suit against all of the cruiselines that operate in Florida and have successfully handled boating cases throughout Florida. It’s what we do. Maritime law is very complex and you need to make sure that the attorney you choose has experience in handling these types of cases.

Many attorneys advertise for boating injury and cruise ship cases. See our “Very Important Information” under the Cruise Ship button and our “10 Things You Need To Know” under the Boating Accidents button. If the attorney you are considering cannot answer these questions, you should consider whether they actually handle these types of cases.
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Why would an attorney just advertise for boating or cruise cases if they do not handle them? First, an attorney can refer your case to a maritime attorney and collect a referral fee. Second, an attorney can try to handle your boating or cruise ship claim even if they have never handled one at all. At our law firm we do not handle real estate law, bankruptcy, divorces, contracts, criminal law, probate, tax matters, medical malpractice, etc.

Your consultation with us is at absolutely no charge to you. There are no fees and no costs to you unless we win your case. See our Cruise Ship button and Boating Accidents button for very important information you should know regarding your claim. Maritime law imposes shorter statutes of limitation than most state courts.


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CAN I GET PUNITIVE DAMAGES AGAINST A DUI BOAT OPERATOR IN FLORIDA

CAN I GET PUNITIVE DAMAGES AGAINST A DUI BOAT OPERATOR IN FLORIDA

Yes, Florida law holds boat operators to the same standard as automobile operators. It is illegal to operate a boat in Florida with a blood alcohol limit of .08 or greater. Boating under the influence, also known as “BUI” is covered by Florida Statute 327.35.

Penalties For A Boat DUI In Florida  include the following:

 

1. A fine of:

a. Not less than $500 or more than $1,000 for a first conviction.

b. Not less than $1,000 or more than $2,000 for a second conviction; and

2. By imprisonment for:

a. Not more than 6 months for a first conviction.

b. Not more than 9 months for a second conviction.

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (“FWC”) recently provided numbers for 2020 which showed that for last year’s July 4th holiday and the month of July there were nine deaths and 53 people injured due to boating under the influence in Florida. The U.S. Coast Guard counted more than 5000 boating accidents in 2020. Alcohol was the leading contributing factor in accidents involving death. 

Florida Statute Governing Punitive Damages

Florida Statute 768.72 governs when a claimant or survivor may request punitive damages against a person who has caused death or physical damage. Under Florida law: A defendant may be held liable for punitive damages if the trier of fact, based on clear and convincing evidence, finds that the defendant was personally guilty of intentional misconduct or gross negligence. If the boat driver was guilty of boating under the influence we petition the Court to allow the claim for punitive damages against the vessel operator. Punitive damages are not dischargeable in bankruptcy. Under Florida law a judgment against a person or corporation is good for 20 years. 

You have found the attorneys who specialize in boating crash cases for 25 years. Don’t trust your case to just any attorney. Trust the attorneys who practice in this area of law.

We Are Ready Right Now. 

Boating DUI Accident In Florida

CAN I GET PUNITIVE DAMAGES AGAINST A DUI BOAT OPERATOR IN FLORIDA

Yes, Florida law holds boat operators to the same standard as automobile operators. It is illegal to operate a boat in Florida with a blood alcohol limit of .08 or greater. Boating under the influence, also known as “BUI” is covered by Florida Statute 327.35.

Penalties For A Boat DUI In Florida  include the following:

 

1. A fine of:

a. Not less than $500 or more than $1,000 for a first conviction.

b. Not less than $1,000 or more than $2,000 for a second conviction; and

2. By imprisonment for:

a. Not more than 6 months for a first conviction.

b. Not more than 9 months for a second conviction.

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (“FWC”) recently provided numbers for 2020 which showed that for last year’s July 4th holiday and the month of July there were nine deaths and 53 people injured due to boating under the influence in Florida. The U.S. Coast Guard counted more than 5000 boating accidents in 2020. Alcohol was the leading contributing factor in accidents involving death. 

Florida Statute Governing Punitive Damages

Florida Statute 768.72 governs when a claimant or survivor may request punitive damages against a person who has caused death or physical damage. Under Florida law: A defendant may be held liable for punitive damages if the trier of fact, based on clear and convincing evidence, finds that the defendant was personally guilty of intentional misconduct or gross negligence. If the boat driver was guilty of boating under the influence we petition the Court to allow the claim for punitive damages against the vessel operator. Punitive damages are not dischargeable in bankruptcy. Under Florida law a judgment against a person or corporation is good for 20 years. 

You have found the attorneys who specialize in boating crash cases for 25 years. Don’t trust your case to just any attorney. Trust the attorneys who practice in this area of law.

We Are Ready Right Now. 

By : Butler Boating Accident & Injury Lawyer | July 7, 2021 | Boat DUI