A BWI means boating while intoxicated. According to the Texas Penal Code, Section 49.09, the legal definition of a BWI is an individual committing a crime of operating a watercraft while in the state of intoxication. A BW is a class B misdemeanor and carries minimum detention of 72 hours. However, there are exceptions to this law.
Being convicted of BWI is serious. Truth be told, the negative implications of a BWI are just as bad as DWI. So, you should prove yourself that you’re a qualified and responsible captain when using a boat or any other watercraft. Be mindful not to over drink while cruising on Texas waters. Also, ensure that you’re wearing a life vest at all time. In addition, make sure you’ve enough life vests for all your passengers. If you’re entertaining your guests or passengers on your watercraft, do not consume any alcohol.
Anyone Can Be Arrested For BWI
So you’re going to the sea to fish for 15 hours. A vessel approaches near you and you realize that it is law enforcement. They’ll come aboard to conduct a safety inspection of your boat. The officer will ask you how many life vests you have on your watercraft. If you’ve been drinking, the inquiring officer will detect the smell of booze on your breath when you talk.
If that occurs, police will ask you to whisk off the boat and onto the law enforcement craft, and taken back to the shore. They will allow a quarter of an hour to recover you from sea legs. Then police will ask you to stand using one leg and walk straight. Finally, they will ask to tilt your head back while keeping your eyes closed. The officers might conclude that your balance is abnormal and charge you of being guilty of boating while intoxicated.
The situation described here is based on real events where many individuals detained unfairly for boating during intoxication.
Contact a Texas Criminal and DWI defense attorney today who can provide you with a confidential consultation. He can also evaluate your case and counsel you on the best steps to take. Contact Mr. Yong J. An by calling or texting him 24/7 directly at (832) 428-5679.
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