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Will a Boating DUI Affect Your Driver's License

Posted by Matt Lopez | Sep 07, 2021 | 0 Comments

Will a Boating DUI Affect Your Driver's License

Being that we represent people on a regular basis for Boating DUI's in Lake Havasu (also known as OUI's), we are often asked what the difference in penalties are for boating DUI's and traditional driving DUI's, including consequences with a driver's license. First, let's go over what a boating DUI is. In Arizona, it's illegal to operate a boat while either impaired to the slightest degree by alcohol, or with a blood or breath alcohol content greater than a .08.  Most of time time, our clients are pulled over for creating a wake in a no wake zone. The Havasu and Mohave County cops use this as a pre-text stop to investigate boating DUIs.  

Similar to a driving DUI, the police will conduct field sobriety test and administer a breathalyzer or draw blood.  Most of the time, the police will arrest a subject, take them to jail, and they'll see a judge within 24 hours.  The majority of people arrested for OUI's in Lake Havasu are either from California or the Phoenix. Because we represent people across Arizona for DUIs, I have a good understanding of what most agencies do.  Most law enforcement agencies do not book DUI suspects in jail - Lake Havasu is one of the very few agencies that does.  It's my opinion, they do so because they don't want people to contest their DUI - they want people to just plead guilty at their Initial Appearance.

Similar to a driving DUI, if convicted, you could be facing up to 45 days in jail.  If there was a child under the age of 15 in the boat, you could be charged with a felony.  Unlike a traditional DUI, however, a conviction will not require a breathalyzer in your car or boat, and will not result a license suspension.  There are many factors our attorneys can use to beat or reduce your boating DUI.  Let's work together to create an effective defense that is specific to your case.

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Matt Lopez

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