Boating While Intoxicated Lawyers In Albany, NY
Many people don’t realize the laws governing the waterways and police have taken an aggressive stance against those drinking while sailing or boating. Two charges BUI’s (Boating Under the Influence) or BWI’s (Boating While Intoxicated) are serious charges in which you’ll need an experienced lawyer for the right defense. Many tragic accidents and deaths have occurred due to those drinking and sailing, so it’s only natural that the prosecution paints a target on your back.
Getting stopped and pulled over by the coast guard can be an extremely stressful experience. Whether your on a boat, yacht or other vessel, remember to always be completely cooperative and polite. The police have the discretion to charge you with an entire slew of crimes. On top of this, they can arrest you on the spot, seize your boat, and hold you in jail until the judge releases you on bond.
If you are asked to take a breathalyzer and refuse, the consequences are severe. We get asked this question by many people and usually recommend that you cooperate. A refusal of the test will result in an automatic suspension of your boating license. Blowing over the limit will also suspend your license and send you to jail. The best thing you can do in this situation if arrested is get in contact with one of our attorneys. RCM Law Offices specializes in BUI and BWI cases and have all the right experience to aggressively defend your rights.