CAN I GET A DUI DRIVING A BOAT IN FLORIDA?
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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 A DUI DRIVING A BOAT IN FLORIDA?

Boating Under The Influence

Yes.  It is known as “boating under the influence”, or BUI.  In Florida, it is illegal to operate a vessel with a blood alcohol content level of .08 or higher — the same as it is to operate a vehicle. (Florida Statute Ch. 327.35) Alcohol is a leading contributing factor in recreational boating deaths and a major contributor to accidents. Last year in Florida, 32% of fatal accidents were related to alcohol or drug use—according to the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission.

Agencies That Can Stop You For A BUI

What also must be understood is the fact that several governmental agencies can stop and arrest a boater for suspected BUI. These include the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (“FWC”), the US Coast Guard, the local Sheriff’s Office, and the local Police Department. For the last two agencies, many counties and cities keep marine patrols which perform arrests for BUI. 

BUI Penalties In Florida

The penalties for BUI start with a fine of between $500-$1000 and up to 6 months in jail.  Penalties are enhanced if it is not the first BUI or DUI, or the blood alcohol level reaches .15 or more. Penalties are also increased if the BUI results in property damage (a misdemeanor), or in cases causing bodily injury (3rd-degree felony), or in BUI death cases (possible manslaughter charges). 

Were You Injured As A Result Of A BUI? Get Help Today.

If you or your family have been injured as a result of boating under the influence boat driver give us a call. We are specialists in boating accidents, including injuries caused by BUI boat operators. 

You can count on our 25 years experience handling boating BUI injury cases. 

Contact us now. Evenings and weekends.  1-888-BOATLAW

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Boating Under The Influence

Yes.  It is known as “boating under the influence”, or BUI.  In Florida, it is illegal to operate a vessel with a blood alcohol content level of .08 or higher — the same as it is to operate a vehicle. (Florida Statute Ch. 327.35) Alcohol is a leading contributing factor in recreational boating deaths and a major contributor to accidents. Last year in Florida, 32% of fatal accidents were related to alcohol or drug use—according to the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission.

Agencies That Can Stop You For A BUI

What also must be understood is the fact that several governmental agencies can stop and arrest a boater for suspected BUI. These include the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (“FWC”), the US Coast Guard, the local Sheriff’s Office, and the local Police Department. For the last two agencies, many counties and cities keep marine patrols which perform arrests for BUI. 

BUI Penalties In Florida

The penalties for BUI start with a fine of between $500-$1000 and up to 6 months in jail.  Penalties are enhanced if it is not the first BUI or DUI, or the blood alcohol level reaches .15 or more. Penalties are also increased if the BUI results in property damage (a misdemeanor), or in cases causing bodily injury (3rd-degree felony), or in BUI death cases (possible manslaughter charges). 

Were You Injured As A Result Of A BUI? Get Help Today.

If you or your family have been injured as a result of boating under the influence boat driver give us a call. We are specialists in boating accidents, including injuries caused by BUI boat operators. 

You can count on our 25 years experience handling boating BUI injury cases. 

Contact us now. Evenings and weekends.  1-888-BOATLAW

By : Butler Boating Accident & Injury Lawyer | August 10, 2020 | Uncategorized