If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with boating under the influence (BUI) in St Lucie or the surrounding areas of Port St. Lucie, St. Lucie West, Tradition, Fort Pierce, or Lakewood Park, The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A. is here to fight for you. Just as it’s illegal to operate a motor vehicle on land under the influence of alcohol, it is also against the law to drive a boat or operate any other waterway craft while intoxicated. Anyone drinking alcohol and boating may be charged with BUI (boating under the influence) if they have a blood alcohol content at or above 0.08 percent (or 0.02 percent if under 21).
This is an incredibly serious crime in the state of Florida, and if convicted, a person may face significant jail or prison time, fines, restitution, alcohol/drug treatment, driving restrictions, community service, impoundment of their watercraft or vessel, probation, and parole. With so much on the line, you need an aggressive defense attorney on your side. The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A. can provide you with that. To take control of your future and discuss your legal options with a skilled and experienced St. Lucie BUI attorney, contact us today by calling 772-336-4357.
Do I Need a BUI Attorney?
Facing BUI charges and a potential conviction can be an incredibly stressful time for you and your family. A day of fun on the water that quickly and unexpectedly became a nightmare may have left you feeling alone and nervous about your future. Handling a criminal case on your own without legal knowledge and experience in the courtroom is a mistake you can’t afford to make. A skilled criminal defense lawyer can investigate every aspect of your case to find out if the authorities acted illegally in administering on-sight sobriety tests or stopped you without probable cause. The best way to protect your family, your finances, and your reputation is to enlist the help of a BUI attorney.
Why Choose Us?
At The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A., we have been handling Florida BUI cases for over twenty years. We treat every client with the respect they deserve and never judge you based on your charges. To us, you are not a client facing criminal charges, but a member of our community who needs our help during a difficult time. We will put forth every effort to have your charges reduced or dismissed, with as little stress on your end as possible. With BUI crimes, it is essential that you begin your defense as soon as possible, as important evidence can quickly become lost or destroyed, so do not wait to contact us.
The state of Florida takes boating under the influence charges very seriously. Not only is boating under the influence dangerous for the driver and passengers but also every other person on the water. The penalties for boating under the influence include the following for first-time offenders:
- Fines between $500 and $1,000
- Up to six months in jail
For a second BUI conviction, the penalties include the following:
- Fines between $1,000 and $2,000
- Up to nine months in jail
For a third BUI conviction within ten years of a prior conviction:
- Guilty of third-degree felony
- Fines between $2,000 and $5,000
- Max of 12 months in prison
Along with the above punishments, a BUI conviction can also include substance abuse courses, probation with monthly reporting, community service, and losing one’s boat and/or boating license. Facing BUI charges alone can be incredibly scary and daunting. These charges can upend your life and leave you feeling alone. Fortunately, a skilled and passionate criminal defense attorney can look at your case and help you fight these charges every step of the way.
If you have been accused of BUI in Port St. Lucie, The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A. will immediately provide you with the aggressive and compassionate defense that you need. We are familiar with Florida water laws and can put our knowledge to work for you. To schedule a free initial consultation, call us today at 772-336-4357.