Boating Under The Influence

Gorgeous Weather, Great Day For A Boat Ride!

Our Florida weather has sure been nothing to be disappointed about lately which means many boat owners are taking to the water!

Did you know that Florida leads the country in boating fatalities each year and approximately 1/3 of those fatalities are caused by alcohol use?

Be aware of the charges and penalties that you could face if you are caught boating under the influence.

While it is not illegal to drink alcoholic beverages while boating, it is illegal to operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol. Drinking and operating a boat can lead to a BUI (boating under the influence charge). This Florida law prohibits operating a vessel within the state while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. A vessel is defined as all “watercraft, barge, and airboat, other than a seaplane on the water, used or capable of being used as a means of transportation on the water.”

Being arrested for boating under the influence can lead to a criminal record, probation, possible jail time, paying fines, paying court costs, community service, taking an alcohol course, and having your boat impounded. Under Florida law, a person can be charged with a BUI if their blood alcohol concentration is .08% or higher or if the law enforcement officer suspects that the boat operator is impaired due to alcohol or drugs.

Penalties for BUI include:

BUI 1st offense: A fine of not less than $500.00 and/or up to 6 months in a county jail
BUI 2nd offense: A fine of not less than $1000.00 and/or up to 9 months in a county jail
BUI 3rd offense (within 10 years): A fine up to $5,000 and up to 5 years in a state prison
BUI 3rd offense (outside 10 years): A fine of not less than $2,000 and up to one year in a county jail

How can 49th Street Bail Bonds help you?

49th Street Bail Bonds can provide bail for clients facing BUI charges, DUI charges, domestic violence, assault, drug trafficking, and more. To start the bail bond process, please call our Clearwater, Florida 24-hour bail bonds office at 727-592-0000. One of our bail bond agents can help you, we are available 7 days a week, and 365 days of the year.

All of us are experienced and knowledgeable. We are here to help you navigate the ins and outs of the bail bond process and can assist with paperwork, answer questions, explain the bail bond process, and lend an empathetic ear.

Who we serve…

49th Street Bail Bonds serves all of Pinellas County including Clearwater, Largo, Bay Pines, Seminole, Indian Rocks Beach, Madeira Beach, St. Petersburg, Tampa Bay area, St. Pete Beach, and the surrounding areas. We’re here to help! Please call us at 727-592-0000 to start the bail bond process.