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The ocean is a way of life in Rhode Island. Residents and visitors alike enjoy recreational boating out at sea. However, boating under the influence frequently occurs. Due to the severity of this offense, it is imperative to retain an experienced criminal defense lawyer to protect your rights, reputation, and freedom. Attorney Thomasian and Attorney Gau can thoroughly review your case and determine all of your available legal options in order to obtain the most favorable outcome possible.
Similar to a DUI offense, Rhode Island law sets the blood alcohol content (BAC) limit for boating while intoxicated at 0.08% or greater. BUI is considered a civil offense under Rhode Island law if a person's BAC is between .08% and .1%. Upon an admission to a BUI with readings between .08% and .1%, a person could be punished by a fine of up to $250, face up to 60 hours of community service, 45-day suspension from operating a watercraft, and enroll in a boating safety course.
However, if the offender’s BAC limit was .1% or more, they may face misdemeanor charges in addition to the penalties listed above. A misdemeanor conviction includes a maximum jail sentence of a year.
Our attorneys understand that everyone makes mistakes, but that doesn’t mean people must serve prison time because of them. Considered one of the 10 best law firms according to the American Institute of Legal Counsel (AIOCLA), our firm not only has an exceptional track record of success, but we are known for having client satisfaction as our number one priority. Let us fight for your freedom right away.
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