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Boating Under the Influence Laws

Millions of Americans go out on boats during the warmer months to fish, swim, ski, or wakeboard. Many people also choose to bring and consume alcohol while out on the river or lake. Although a day on the lake with friends and drinks can be extremely fun, it can turn into a nightmare if you are charged with boating while under the influence of alcohol. Many people are not aware that the laws and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as those for driving under the influence.

If you have been charged with an alcohol-related boating offense, you need a lawyer to help you fight these charges. The legal team at Hart Powell, S.C. is dedicated to providing you with the legal assistance you need. Contact our Appleton criminal defense lawyers today at 414-271-9595 and schedule a free consultation.

Wisconsin BUI Laws

Like driving an automobile, you cannot legally operate a boat with a blood alcohol content level above .08%. A reported 35 percent of all boating accidents in Wisconsin in 2008 involved alcohol or drugs. If you are charged with BUI, you may face the following if convicted:

  • Jail time
  • Large monetary fines
  • Boat impoundment

Being charged with boating under the influence could severely impact every aspect of your life, and as such, you need an aggressive attorney to fight for you.

Contact Us

To speak with an attorney about your legal options and rights in the face of BUI charges, contact the Appleton criminal defense attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C. today at 414-271-9595.