Many people often wonder whether “boating under the influence” is the same kind of a crime as a DUI. Well, let’s try and give an answer to that question.
Under Harbors and Navigation Code 655 in California, you are prohibited from boating under the influence. According to this section of the law, you’re committing a crime if you operate any watercraft, boat, jet ski, or vessel while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs.
Specifically, per California BUI law, it’s a crime to do any of the below actions:
Examples of Violation of Harbors and Navigation Code 655
Some examples of people who have violated the Harbors and Navigation Code 655 and can thus be charged with a BUI include:
Essentially, much like in the case of a DUI, any time you start operating a vessel after consuming a good amount of alcohol and/or drugs, it can be deemed a violation of the BUI law in California. If your actions harm another person, the penalties you will face are more severe than if you’re simply caught operating a boat while being under the influence.
Regardless of the classification of the offense, it is important that you seek the assistance of competent legal counsel to help you best understand your legal defense while identifying an outcome that best minimizes your risk. We here at the H Law group patiently await your call.