Fort Walton Boating Under the Influence Attorney

Potential BUI Penalties in Florida

The magic number for blood alcohol content (BAC) is the same as a DUI: 0.08. If you are pulled over while operating a boat and your BAC tests higher than that, you will be arrested and charged with BUI. Under Florida Statute 327.35, there are many potential ramifications of a BUI arrest, including:

  • Up to nine months in jail (for a first conviction)
  • Up to 12 months in jail (for a second conviction)
  • Fines ranging between $500 and $1,000 (for a first conviction)
  • Fines ranging between $1,000 and $2,000 (for a second conviction)
  • Up to one year of probation with sanctions such as substance abuse evaluation and treatment
  • Community service hours
  • 10-day vehicle or boat impoundment

As you can see, BUIs are taken very seriously in Florida. You could be given jail time and will be required to pay hefty fines. Don't face this alone; give us a call or complete our contact form and let us help you.