Consequences of Drinking Alcohol While Boating

Consequences of Drinking Alcohol While Boating

Many people are aware of the “You drink, You drive, and You lose” mentality in Arizona regarding DUIs as set forth in television advertisements and on billboards throughout the state. However, considerably less people understand that these same ramifications and penalties for DUIs also apply in large part to drinking and operating a boat, jet-ski or other watercraft on the lakes, rivers and waterways in our great state. In other words, if you are caught driving a boat while intoxicated (OUI) in Arizona, you can expect the same harsh penalties as you would for a DUI. In a state where people love their time out on lake or river during the hot summer months, this should not to be taken lightly.

Most county sheriff’s departments have their own specialized divisions to patrol these waterways, but you should also know that the wardens with the Arizona Game and Fish Department are also licensed Arizona peace officers and have the same ability to cite, arrest, and investigate criminal actions as other law enforcement officers. Depending on the remoteness of the location, you will still be required to complete field sobriety tests as well as breath or blood testing. In relation to the field sobriety tests, you may be called to demonstrate your balance and coordination skills on a rolling boat. You can imagine that there might be some problems with this procedure or even with scientific testing of breath or blood for the presence of alcohol or drugs in often rural, remote locations – problems that a skilled criminal defense attorney experienced in defending OUI cases would be able to spot and use to help you in defending your case.

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