Boating While Impaired (BWI)

Scott County Criminal Defense Lawyer

Boating While Impaired (BWI) is the charge when an individual is found to be operating a boat while under the influence of alcohol. A person operating a watercraft of any kind while under the influence of drugs or alcohol can be charged with BWI. This means operating a jet ski while under the influence will result in a criminal charge.

If you have been charged with BWI, it is important to speak with a Shakopee DWI lawyer as soon as possible so that work can begin on your case. Having an attorney defending your interests means you knowing your rights and receiving the advice that you need to make informed decisions in your case.

Skilled BWI Representation

Minnesota is known for its lakes, making boating a very common pastime. What many individuals do not realize is that having a few beers while in the boat could result in a BWI charge. There is a misconception that driving while intoxicated only applies to motor vehicles. The truth is that the waterways are patrolled and that law enforcement will charge individuals with BWI if they are found to have a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent or above. Even if there is not a police officer anywhere near, simply being spotted behind the wheel of a boat while intoxicated can result in a criminal charge.

Even if you are doing nothing wrong, law enforcement can request that you submit to a breath test simply because alcohol use tends to be quite heavy when individuals are relaxing in Minnesota’s many lakes.

Successfully Challenging BWI

Even if there is merit behind the charges against you, it is possible for you to challenge the BWI charge. Perhaps something was not carried out correctly during the arrest process, which can result in the arrest process being challenged.

As for the consequences, conviction results in penalties that are just as serious as regular DWI. The penalties include fines up to $7,500 or higher, jail time, boat license suspension for a year, and possible arrest. The charge can also be noted on your permanent record, which can cause issues with getting a job and doing anything that may require a background check. There are many employers and even landlords that do not want any sort of negative mark on a person’s permanent record.

Contact A Shakopee DWI Attorney

Just like driving a motor vehicle while intoxicated, boating while impaired due to drug or alcohol use also comes with very serious consequences, if convicted. Even if there is merit to the charges, you can effectively fight the charges with representation by an experienced DWI attorney. To learn about how Langemo Law can help you, call 952-556-0056 to schedule a free estimate.