It is essential to recognize that just like operating any other vehicle under the influence, boating under the influence is strictly prohibited in the state of New Jersey. If you were charged with this offense, do not hesitate to reach out to our firm today to discuss the details of your claim and your options with a skilled Bergen County criminal defense attorney.
New Jersey law bans operating a vessel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The term “vessel” includes vessels that are “temporarily or permanently equipped with machinery for propulsion” or 12 feet or greater in length.
A person can be charged with boating under the influence (BUI) for operating a vessel while:
Essentially, a BUI conviction can be based on BAC concentration or actual impairment resulting from ingesting drugs or alcohol. If you or a loved one has been charged with a BUI, you will need to retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
The consequences of a New Jersey BUI conviction rely on the events of the case. But typically, the possible penalties include the following:
For goals of determining whether a BUI is a second or subsequent offense, only BUIs that occurred within the past ten years qualify. Keep in mind that all convicted boaters must agree with the screening, evaluation, and referral requirements of the Intoxicated Driving Program (IDP) and complete a state-approved boating safety course.
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