Warm weather is finally here in NY! Well, on most days, anyway. And thankfully warm weather means beaches and boats! And in a lot of instances, boats come stocked with beer! But be careful if you plan to have a drink or two out on your motor boat this summer, you motorboatin’ sonofagun, particularly if you’re the one driving. Although you may not be in a car or on a public highway when you’re tooling around checking out the girls in bikinis, you can still be arrested for operating a motorized vessel in an intoxicated or impaired condition, a BWAI (Boating While Ability Impaired) or BWI (Boating While Intoxicated). A BWAI is a violation level offense, but a BWI is a misdemeanor just like a DWI, which can result in a criminal record and suspension of your privilege to operate a motorized boat. Multiple BWI convictions can also result in a felony charge.
Many courts (and prosecutors) are not very familiar with BWI offenses. It is therefore critical that your BWI defense attorney is knowledgeable in all aspects of Boating While Intoxicated offenses. If you have been charged with a BWAI or BWI, call us today at (845) 454-1919 to schedule a free consultation.