Austin Boating While Intoxicated– BWI Lawyer
Aggressive Austin BWI Lawyer Who Aggressively Fights Boating While Intoxicated Charges
If you’ve been arrested for Boating While Intoxicated, you need a top Austin BWI attorney quickly. BWI in Texas is when a person is intoxicated while operating a watercraft. Except as provided by Section 49.09 of the Texas Penal Code, a BWI offense is a class B misdemeanor that holds a minimum term of 72 hours confinement.
If you’ve been arrested for BWI, call us 24/7 to keep your boating and driver licenses.
Is Your BWI lawyer a DWI Specialist?
Gary Trichter has years of experience defending innocent people like you when they are charged with BWI on Texas waterways. In fact, he is a DWI Specialist by the National College for DUI Defense which means he is Board Certified DWI/DUI by the NCDD, which is the only certification approved by the American Bar Association.
Gary has defended people all over Texas including Austin, Bastrop, San Marcos, Pflugerville, Spicewood, Serenada and Lakeway. He understands that a BWI arrest can negatively impact your reputation the same way that a DWI or DUI conviction could. Since the penalties for BWI are the same, it’s important to defend a first offense aggressively because subsequent offenses cary much harsher punishment and penalties.
Sometimes A Boating While Intoxicated Arrest Can’t be prevented
It’s important to be a responsible watercraft captain and ensure the safety of your passengers by:
- Not overindulging while enjoying yourself on Texas waters–or not drinking at all.
- Always wearing a life vest and making sure you have plenty of them on board for EVERY passenger.
- NOT drinking if you are entertaining guests on your watercraft.
You can be as carful as possible, but still be arrested for BWI because the tests used to support an arrest are completely flawed. People have been arrested after being on the water fishing, waterskiing or just boating for a long period of time. A law enforcement vessel can approach your boat for a safety inspection and quickly turn the discussion to saying they can smell alcohol on your breath.
An Unfair Sobriety Test on Sea Legs
Next thing you know, the law enforcement officer is taking you ashore to perform dockside gymnastics–the same field sobriety tests used for DWI. After giving you a mere 15 minutes to shed your “sea legs,” the officer asks you to stand on one leg, walk a straight line, and tilt your head back while closing your eyes. Knowing that these exercises are designed to create imbalance, the officer will claim that you don’t have your normal balance and you are guilty of boating while intoxicated.
BWI lawyers who practice all over Texas
The BWI lawyers at Trichter & LeGrand can help if you’ve been arrested for boating while intoxicated on Marble Falls, Lake Buchanan, Lake Travis and Lake LBJ.