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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 by the NCDD?

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.

Call us 24/7 to speak to Gary about your case.



Let us answer your Texas DWI Questions

Texas DWI Questions

  • What is a DWI 3rd or more and the potential punishment?
  • What is a felony DWI?
  • What is DWI 2nd and the potential punishment?
  • How long will a DWI arrest or a DWI conviction in Texas stay on my record? How will it affect my automobile insurance rates?
  • What is an administrative license revocation (ALR), and why is it important to have an ALR hearing?
  • What are the penalties for a DWI in Texas?
  • What is DUI and its potential punishment?
  • What is DWI and its potential punishment?


According to the State of Texas, a DWI third offense is when an individual is arrested for DWI and has previously been convicted two times of DWI. If you are convicted of a third DWI, this third-degree felony can result in A fine up to $10,000 Betwe ...

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Felony DWI in Texas charges are very serious and can have a major impact on your life beyond just the punishment stated. A felony conviction can disqualify you from voting, obtaining certain jobs, renting certain apartments, and owning a firearm. T ...

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DWI 2nd is a serious charge. According to the State of Texas, a DWI 2nd charge is when you are arrested for DWI and have previously been convicted once of driving while intoxicated. There is no limit to how old your previous conviction may be in orde ...

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A DWI conviction produces a permanent record. It is also important to note that a DWI probation, which is also a final conviction, will remain permanently on your criminal record. If, however, your DWI conviction case results in a dismissal, then the ...

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The best reason to request an administrative license revocation hearing or ALR hearing, first and foremost, is to try to save your driver’s license. The ALR Program is “a civil administrative process unrelated to criminal court proceedings, i ...

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THE PENALTIES FOR DWI IN TEXAS ARE: The First-Offense penalties for DWI conviction with less than a .15 BAC includes the possibility of a fine not to exceed $2,000.00 and/or a jail sentence from 3 days to 180 days, and a driver’s license suspensio ...

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Before 1983, DUI meant driving under the influence of drugs or narcotics, but now it only pertains to minors. In Texas, it is never permissible for minors to have any alcohol in their body and drive. DUI punishment as a result of a charge does not re ...

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DWI is a criminal offense which prohibits you from operating a motor vehicle in a public place while “intoxicated” is defined as having lost the normal use of either mental or physical faculties, or having a .08 alcohol level in either your breat ...

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