Boating While Intoxicated

Every year, millions of Texans head to lakes or the coast to escape the scorching summer heat. Boating on the lake or ocean is a popular social and recreational activity, but it can turn into a disaster if you are charged with boating while intoxicated, or BWI. Just as driving under the influence of alcohol is against the law, it is also illegal to operate a boat when your blood alcohol level is 0.08 or higher.

If you or someone you know has been charged with boating while intoxicated, you may be facing serious penalties that could impact your personal relationships as well as your professional reputation. For more information regarding your rights, contact dedicated Austin criminal defense attorney Ian Inglis today at (512) 472-1950 and schedule a consultation to discuss your legal options.

Consequences of BWI

In Texas, just as DWI charges are treated very seriously by law enforcement officials, so are accusations of boating while intoxicated. If you are charged with BWI, you may face the following penalties for your first offense:

  • Fines up to $2,000
  • Up to 180 days in prison

If you have been convicted of BWI in the past, your consequences could be even harsher, including fines of up to $10,000 and prison time of 2 to 10 years for those who have already faced multiple BWI charges. Additionally, if the boat vessel is over 50 horsepower, you may also have your licensed revoked.

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If you have been accused of BWI, it is important that you fight these charges so that they may be reduced or potentially dismissed. Call the experienced Austin criminal defense lawyer Ian Inglis today at (512) 472-1950 and let us help protect your rights.


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