Houston Lawyer for Boating While Intoxicated
Most people know that it is illegal to drive a motor vehicle while intoxicated; however, many people are unaware that it is also illegal in Texas to operate a watercraft while intoxicated. The same definition of intoxication is used for Boating While Intoxicated as is used for Driving While Intoxicated. The government must prove that a citizen has lost the normal use of his/her physical or mental faculties or has a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or more.
Doing field sobriety tests after having been in a boat on the water presents unique challenges for the officers that are conducting field sobriety tests. People often suffer from “sea legs” after being in a boat for an extended period of time. These “sea legs” can affect the performance and accuracy of the field sobriety tests. In fact, The National Transportation Safety Administration (the agency responsible for certifying the field sobriety tests) sets out different requirements in the administration of the field sobriety tests for those individuals that have been on a boat. Your lawyer should know these differences in order properly defend your Boating While Intoxicated case.
The most common waters that we see individuals charged with BWI in the Houston area are: Lake Conroe, Lake Houston, Clear Lake, Lake Livingston and Galveston Bay. Most of the Boating While Intoxicated arrests are made by officers with the Parks and Wildlife Department. If you or someone you know has been arrested for Boating While Intoxicated, call our attorneys today at 713-222-0400 to discuss your case and the options you have. The pho