Former State Prosecutor
Boating Under the Influence
The Morris Law Firm can help and has specific knowledge and experience as a Boating Under the Influence (BUI) defense attorney. Attorney Melinda Morris served on the DUI Manslaughter / Vehicular Homicide Squad while a State Attorney, and was responsible for prosecuting very serious DUI and BUI cases from investigation through trial. As well, Ms. Morris received special training on prosecuting DUI and BUI cases from the State of Florida. For a BUI Lawyer, this inside knowledge is of critical importance and can benefit the defense of your case.
Boating Under the Influence (BUI)
as defined in Florida Statue 327.35 is:
You have a very narrow window of time between when you are arrested and when the State Attorney's office makes a decision to file a criminal charge against you. Hiring an attorney immediately to negotiate on your behalf gives you the best chance of avoiding criminal charges.
Potential Defenses include:
|What is the penalty for a first conviction of BUI?|
Up to a $500 fine, up to six (6) months in jail, probation, community service hours, a substance abuse evaluation and treatment, and a ten (10) day impound of your vessel.
|What is the penalty for a second conviction of BUI?|
|Up to a $1000 fine, up to nine (9) months in jail (10 days mandatory if second conviction within 5 years), probation, community service hours, a substance abuse evaluation and treatment, and a thirty (30) day impound of your vessel.|
|What is the penalty for a third conviction (within 10 years) of BUI?|
|A third conviction within ten (10) years becomes a felony, punishable by more than one (1) year in prison.|
|What is the penalty for a fourth conviction of BUI?|
|Any fourth conviction of Boating Under the Influence (regardless of time frame) is a felony and is punishable by more than one (1) year in prison.|
|What if I have a previous conviction for DUI in addition to my recent BUI arrest?|
|A previous conviction for DUI counts as an enhancement for a subsequent arrest and conviction of BUI.|
|What makes BUI penalties more severe?|
What makes BUI penalties more severe?
|What are the consequences of refusing to submit to a breath test in a BUI investigation?|
|Refusal to submit to a breath test in a BUI investigation can result in a $500 civil penalty.|
|What are the consequences of BUI with Serious Bodily Injury and BUI Manslaughter?|
|BUI with Serious Bodily Injury and BUI Manslaughter are felonies and are punishable similar to their DUI counterparts.|
Melinda Morris, a criminal defense attorney in St. Petersburg, is dedicated to defending Boating Under the Influence clients throughout Pinellas County and the entire Tampa Bay Area (St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Hillsborough, Pasco, Manatee, Sarasota, Polk).
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