Most people are familiar with the legal terminology “driving while intoxicated” (DWI). Less commonly known is the phrase “boating while intoxicated” (BWI). As is the case of driving a motor vehicle, it is illegal to operate a watercraft with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher. The BWI statutes also include a prohibition against operating a vessel while impaired by drugs.
A conviction for BWI is a serious crime that carries significant long-term consequences. Do not risk your future – get skilled legal assistance from a Fort Worth boating while intoxicated attorney. The Law Office of A. Oliver Hassibi is here to help you build a defense strategy that is tailored for your specific situation. My aim is to get your charges reduced or dismissed, when possible.
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Alcohol and drugs can cause impaired judgment, blurred vision, poor balance and coordination, and slower reaction times. When such impairment is combined with operating a watercraft, it can lead to reckless driving, severe injury, and even death.
In Texas, the penalties for boating while intoxicated depend on a few factors, including:
Most first-time BWI offenders will be charged as a Class B misdemeanor. The penalties for this level of crime are a maximum fine of $2,000 and between 72 hours and 180 days in jail. If the offender has caused injury to another, he or she can incur a third-degree felony, which carries up to $10,000 in fines and between 2 to 10 years in prison. Incidents that lead to another’s death is a second-degree felony that can result in two to 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000.
If this is the offender’s second BWI violation, the classification is usually increased to a Class A misdemeanor. This type of conviction can involve a 30-day to 1-year jail sentence and a fine of up to $4,000. Defendants with two prior BWI offenses will be charged with a third-degree felony. Potential punishments include up to $10,000 in fines and between 2 to 10 years in prison.
The first step in fighting your BWI charges is to have the details of your case looked over by an experienced criminal defense attorney. The Law Office of A. Oliver Hassibi offers you the skilled support and legal guidance you require during this time. When you tell me your side of the story, that is what I start strategizing to defend.
Contact me online or by calling (817) 826-9821 to get a skilled Fort Worth boating while intoxicated lawyer on your side.