If you choose the Law Offices of Richard Tendler to represent you on charges of boating under the influence, you will be choosing a team who has experience defending clients on this type of charge. For example, I, Attorney Tendler, served as co-counsel in the defense of a BUI case that received coverage in the Palm Beach Post. My client was facing multiple felony charges including allegations of BUI manslaughter, with possible penalties including up to 21 years in state prison. The defendant was tested with a blood-alcohol concentration of .13% three hours after the fatal accident, far higher than the legal limit of .08%. My client ended up receiving a prison sentence of five years, followed by 10 years on probation in a plea bargain we negotiated with the prosecutor.
While the defendant in the case described above was arrested after causing the death of another person, you can be arrested even if you were not involved in an accident. The crime of boating under the influence is described in Florida Statutes §327.35 (2012), and can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances. A BUI arrest can be based on the fact that the suspect was boating under the influence of alcohol or other chemical substances "when affected to the extent that the person's normal faculties are impaired," or has a breath- or blood-alcohol level of .08% or more.
BUI is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and imprisonment for up to six months for a first conviction, with escalating penalties for repeat offenses. In the event that you are accused of causing property damage or injury to another person, you can be convicted of a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by one year in jail and $1,000 in fines, while if you are accused of causing serious bodily injury, you can be charged with a third-degree felony and sentenced to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. BUI manslaughter is charged in cases of fatal accidents, and is a second degree felony with a 15-year prison sentence and a $10,000, but it can be increased to a first-degree felony with a 30 year sentence in cases of BUI hit and run. Looking for a lawyer for DUI in West Palm Beach? Contact our firm today for a DUI or BUI charge!