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BUI Charges Carry Serious Penalties

Dangers of BUI in Denver

Understanding the Gravity of the Situation

As boating has increased in popularity as a recreational activity in Colorado, so have the number of people who are accused of violating the law by consuming alcohol, or BUI, while operating a watercraft. In a recent year, the legal boating BAC was lowered from 0.10% to 0.08% (the same as for operating a vehicle).

The change in the BAC level for BUI was brought about in part by an incident in which a child fell overboard and drowned while the father was under the influence of alcohol and operating the boat. This has brought a lot of legislative attention to the dangers of reckless boating practices.

While most people are very aware of the clear dangers associated with drunk driving, it may not be considered that there are also dangers in operating a watercraft while under the influence. A boat operator may see the water as wide open, and the chance of colliding with obstacles or other boaters as very low. However, boats are far more difficult to stop should there be an obstacle, and a single mistake can cause the driver or a passenger to fall overboard and drown.

Charged with BUI in Denver? Fight Your Case with Our Team!

If you face charges of BUI, you'll want to work with an attorney who has extensive experience in both traffic and boating charges. Any person who is accused of operating a boat or watercraft at 0.08% BAC or higher can face BUI charges.

Punishments which can include:

  • Fines
  • Jail time
  • Community service
  • Other serious consequences

The testing methods used to measure BAC must be reviewed carefully to determine if an error has been made in test administration or in lab procedures if you are facing criminal charges of BUI.

A death caused while boating under the influence could lead to charges of vehicular homicide. It is extremely important that you work with a firm that can offer the highest level of defense counsel, and has a proven record of success.

Connect with Denver BUI defense attorney Chris Cessna before you make any decisions. You may have the ability to have the charges dismissed or reduced, or achieve an acquittal when the case goes to trial.


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