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What to Do If You're Accused of Boating Under the Influence

If you’ve been accused of BUI, or boating under the influence, you may well be among hundreds of other beach-goers in the Palm Beach area. If a water patrol officer has caught you having what he or she believes may be a little too much fun on your boat ride, or if you are operating the boat recklessly, you may be arrested with the accusation of boating under the influence. Nevertheless, you may not yet know that there is still a way out.

If you are suddenly in the unfortunate situation of facing potential charges of boating under the influence, do not panic. There are highly professional legal experts available to help at a moment’s notice as long as you get in touch with The Hoffman Firm, including Miami Criminal Attorney Evan Hoffman himself. Evan Hoffman, a criminal lawyer with years of experience under his belt, knows all the ins and outs of the legal system because he has been a prosecutor as well.

Whatever accusations you are facing, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information about our services.

Even your very first conviction of boating under the influence in the state of Florida could carry a sentence of up to six months incarceration in addition to a fine of up to $500. If you’ve been convicted three times, you could be punished with up to a year in prison. Even worse, if you have caused another person to become injured while boating under the influence, you could face further charges. 

You could be accused of boating under the influence if you are:

  • Operating a boat in the state of Florida under the influence of an alcoholic beverage or any other chemical or controlled substance, with
  • a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 or a breath-alcohol level of 0.08

However, there is still hope. If your patrol officer did not stop you with probable cause, then a BUI defense attorney can help you call any and all evidence into question. Additionally, there may be an issue with the BUI sobriety tests that were administered. If you were subjected to a BUI sobriety test while on a moving boat, then your results may have been highly inaccurate.

No matter what your circumstances may be, you will always have The Hoffman Firm on your side. You can contact us for more information about our services, for a free consultation, and to learn more about the services that are available to you with Miami Criminal Attorney, Evan Hoffman.

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