Boating While Intoxicated (BWI) in MO
Our Skilled St. Louis BWI Defense Attorneys Can Help!
Each state has specific rules regarding the legality of drinking while
boating. In the state of Missouri, you are legally allowed to drink alcohol
while on board a boat or water vessel. However, if you are found to be
drinking while operating a watercraft or motorized vessel including a
jet ski or a sailboat, you can be charged with boating while intoxicated
(BWI) with the consequences being similar to a
DWI charge. In fact, someone that is operating a boat must abide by the same
standards. If their blood alcohol content is found to be above .08%, the
boat operation may be charged with BWI.
What are the penalties for BWI in Missouri?
Have you been stopped by water patrol while operating a motorboat, sailboat,
or Jet Ski on one of Missouri’s great lakes and rivers? You may
be facing some criminal penalties that can remain on your record for the
rest of your life.
If you have been charged with DWI, you may be facing:
- Class B misdemeanor, meaning you can be issued a $500 fine, face possible
jail time and required to take a boater safety course.
- Second offense of BWI, is considered a Class A misdemeanor in St. Louis
and could result in $1,000 fine and possible up to one year in prison.
- Third BWI, the charge escalates to a Class D felony, with the punishment
including a possible $5,000 fine and up to four years served in prison.
Similar to a DWI charge, you could also face the loss of your driver’s
license in addition to possible probation and community service. With
consequences as severe as being charged with boating while intoxicated,
it is crucial you contact the DWI experts at Millikan Wright, LLC who
can establish the best possible defense to fight your charges. By analyzing
the evidence presented in your case, including the police report and testimonies
as well as the BAC test, our attorneys will determine if the sobriety
test was administered properly in addition to whether the water patrol
had probable cause for pulling your boat over.
Why do I need a St. Louis DWI Lawyer?
By analyzing the evidence presented in your case, including the police
report and testimonies as well as the BAC test, our attorneys will determine
if the sobriety test was administered properly in addition to whether
the water patrol had probable cause for pulling your boat over. Defending
against a BWI and a DWI means that different skills must be used, and
you need to know that your defense lawyer is able to fight aggressively
on your behalf.
Our lawyers have a background as former police officers and prosecutors,
meaning that we know the myriad of ways that police officers can try and
prove your guilt. From asking you to perform a field sobriety tests on
a rocking boat to improperly calibrating a breathalyzer, our firm leaves
no piece of evidence unchallenged. With over 50 years of combined experience,
you know that we have the skills to back our findings.