Fighting for Your Rights in a System That Works Against You
An enjoyable day on the water can take a drastic turn if you’re suspected of operating your boat while intoxicated. Being charged with boating under the influence (BUI) in Ohio can put your freedom and future at risk. Navigating the legal process can be daunting, but with the right representation, you can effectively challenge these charges.
At Patituce & Associates, LLC, our criminal defense attorneys are well-versed in Ohio BUI laws and dedicated to providing aggressive, compassionate representation for our clients. With our extensive knowledge and experience, we aim to protect your rights and work tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome in your case. If you’ve been charged with a BUI, contact an Ohio BUI lawyer at Patituce & Associates.
Penalties for Boating under the Influence in Ohio
According to Ohio Revised Code 1547.11, operating, controlling, or manipulating a boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs is classified as a first-degree misdemeanor. If convicted, penalties may include up to six months in jail and fines of up to $1,000.
Defending Against BUI/BWI Charges
A BUI charge can have a major impact on your life and freedom, and in these situations, you need a lawyer on your side who can protect your rights. At Patituce & Associates, LLC, we understand that proving BUI can be challenging for prosecutors. Ohio law requires local law enforcement to have probable cause for stopping or boarding your vessel, meaning that prosecutors must first establish a valid reason for the initial interaction.
Although federal law enforcement, including the U.S. Coast Guard, can perform safety checks without probable cause, the sobriety tests that they can conduct can be challenged by your attorney. Many factors can make field sobriety tests unreliable, including the natural motion of a boat on the water and the effects of heat and glare.
Our firm will use all of these factors to craft a compelling defense tailored to your unique situation. Then, we will advocate to reduce the charges against you or request that the court drop the charges completely.
Implied Consent Laws for Ohio Boaters
In Ohio, boaters are subject to implied consent laws, which means that by operating a vessel on state waters, you agree to submit to breath or chemical testing if requested to take one by law enforcement. Refusing to comply with such testing can result in a separate charge, and a conviction for refusal may lead to an order prohibiting you from boating for up to one year.
It’s crucial to be aware of these obligations and the potential consequences associated with non-compliance. If any law enforcement officer asks you to submit to a breath or chemical test while you are boating, comply with his or her orders. However, do not answer any questions from the officer without a DUI defense attorney present. If you are arrested for BUI, contact an attorney as soon as possible to discuss your case and plan your defense strategy.
Schedule a Free Consultation with Patituce & Associates, LLC
If you are arrested for BUI in Ohio, you need an attorney to protect your rights and best interests. The lawyers at Patituce & Associates, LLC can fight for your rights and help you navigate the complex legal process. Contact us today at 440-471-7784 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with an Ohio BUI defense attorney.