People who would never consider driving drunk commonly get charged with boating under the influence (BUI) in the Los Angeles area and elsewhere in Southern California. The most frequent scenario is a stop leaving harbor or coming back in, with law enforcement recognizing possible signs of erratic boating or a party on the water.
A BUI Conviction Counts as a DUI on Your Criminal Record
Essentially, California statutes covering BUI closely mirror those for driving a motor vehicle — and a BUI conviction does count as a DUI on your criminal record. An aggressive, resourceful defense attorney can be absolutely essential for earning acquittal or avoiding the harshest consequences.
At the Law Offices of Daniel Perlman, we can represent you wherever you were charged — whether in Newport Bay, on Pyramid Lake, or elsewhere — and whether your case involves:
- A “simple BUI” charge based on an officer’s judgment that you were under the influence, even though your blood alcohol concentration measured below .08 percent
- An aggravated BUI charge alleging that you caused bodily injury to someone in a boating accident or other event while under the influence
- A BUI arrest while you were waterskiing or operating an aquaplane, Jet Ski or other personal watercraft
- A BUI under 21 charge, which can be filed against you based on any measurable amount of alcohol in your system, even if no chemical test was administered by the officer
Reach Skilled, Resourceful Los Angeles BUI Lawyers Now
Please do not underestimate the seriousness of Los Angeles boating under the influence charges. We urge you to contact us for clear counsel on the consequences you could face, lines of defense and every available means of avoiding life-changing consequences. We offer a free consultation and can typically quote a flat fee for all services you will need.