Summer is in full swing in Arizona and the lakes and rivers are bound to be packed with throngs of boating, personal watercraft, water sport, and all around summertime enthusiasts! To escape the heat of summer, the lakes of Arizona offer a fantastic reprieve for residents and visitors alike. Unfortunately, there are also bound to be boats and other watercraft on the lake that are operated by people who have had too much to drink. The legal blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for operating a watercraft is exactly the same as for operating a motor vehicle, .08%. If you are found to be operating a boat or personal watercraft with a BAC over the legal limit, you will be arrested and charged with OUI under Arizona law. Officers from multiple Arizona state and federal agencies will be out patrolling the waters in full force looking for those who are operating boats and other watercraft under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In fact, there are also bound to be sobriety checkpoints operated by law enforcement on the waterways. If you have been charged with a boating OUI in Scottsdale, AZ or another area of Arizona, then you should seek the expert legal representation of expert Arizona DUI defense attorney Mark Weingart.
Operating under the influence charges are very serious and are similar to charges stemming from driving under the influence in terms of classification and punishment. The penalties and fines can be just as severe, even for first time offenders, as with automotive DUI charges. There has been a noticeable increase in the incidence of OUI charges in Arizona but it is unknown whether this is a result of more intoxicated operation of watercraft or if it is simply the result of better enforcement of safe boating laws. It is even possible, under Arizona law, to be charged with OUI if drugs like marijuana or their metabolites are found in the blood or urine of someone suspected of OUI. DUI defense attorney Mark Weingart is a highly experienced and incredibly well-versed in the realm of DUI defense-including boating OUI charges. To combat an OUI charge, some of the following defenses may be used including:
If you were arrested and charged with operating a watercraft under the influence (OUI) in Scottsdale, AZ or any other area of Arizona then you may be unaware of just how serious the consequences can be even for first time offenders. The penalties for a first time OUI conviction can include a six (6) month jail sentence, fines in the thousands of dollars, and lost driving priveleges. Extreme operating while intoxicated (OWI) charges are even more serious and carry and mandatory minimum 30-day jail sentence in addition to fines and substance abuse classes. If you were charged with OUI while visiting from out of state, then The Weingart Firm can handle all aspects of your case and keep you informed and up to date on the progess. Contact Mark Weingart today for a free case review and consultation!