Boating While Intoxicated Indications

Texans enjoy some of the most extensive waterways in the country, a luxury many choose to enjoy aboard a watercraft. Although it is legal to consume alcohol aboard a boat or other watercraft, it is illegal to operate a boat with a blood alcohol content at or above 0.08, the same legal limit for driving a car. The penalties for operating a watercraft while intoxicated can be serious, but usually less severe than for driving while intoxicated.

How Law Enforcement Spots BWI Offenders

Law enforcement officials use some of the same tell-tale signs for spotting intoxicated boat operators as they do for spotting drunk drivers such as the following:

  • Speeding
  • Sharp, irregular turning and movement
  • Unlit siding or other required nighttime equipment

Additionally, boat operators should be aware that by simply being on a public Texas waterway, they have given consent to be searched by law enforcement at any time. In other words, law enforcement does not need probable cause to pull you over when on operating a boat on Texas waterways. As such, you need not even be engaging in any of the behaviors listed above to be stopped and breathalyzed.

Contact a Boating While Intoxicated Lawyer Today

If you have been accused of boating while intoxicated, experienced legal help can increase the likelihood of having your charges reduced or eliminated. The Dallas attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter understand how distressing BWI charges can be and can fight to protect your record. Please call (214) 845-7007 if you are interested in our legal services.