Boating While Intoxicated– BWI Lawyer

Aggressive BWI Lawyer Who Fights Boating While Intoxicated Charges

If  you’ve been arrested for Boating While Intoxicated, you need a top BWI lawyer quickly. Boating while intoxicated (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.

Your BWI lawyer aggressively fights boating while intoxicated charges

The attorneys at Trichter & LeGrand, PC, have years of experience with boating while intoxicated cases on Texas waterways including those in Houston, Conroe, Galveston, League City and Livingston. We understand that a BWI arrest can damage your valuable reputation in the same way that a DWI or DUI arrest can. In fact, the penalties for BWI are the same as DWI and hold same negative impact on your career and family.

A Boating While Intoxicated Arrest Can Happen to Anyone

Be a responsible watercraft captain and ensure the safety of your passengers:

  • Don’t overindulging while enjoying yourself on Texas waters.
  • Always wear a life vest and keep plenty of them on board for every passenger.
  • If you’re going to treat guests on your boat, don’t drink.

But you can still be wrongly arrested for boating while intoxicated. Imagine being at sea for 15 hours while fishing or water skiing and a law enforcement vessel approaches your boat for a safety inspection. After the officer asks to see the number of life preservers on board, the discussion turns quickly to the smell of alcohol coming from your breath.

Sobriety Test on Sea Legs

You’re whisked off your boat and onto the law enforcement vessel and taken ashore. Once on shore, you’re given 15 minutes to shed your “sea legs” and then asked to stand on one leg, walk a straight line, and tilt your head back while closing your eyes. The officers claim that because you don’t have your normal balance, you are guilty of boating while intoxicated.

This scenario is based on actual cases where someone was unfairly arrested for 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 Lake Conroe, Lake Livingston, Lake Summerville, Lake Fork Reservoir, Lake Texoma, Lake Granbury, Lake Travis, Eagle Mountain Lake, Lake Palestine, Lake o’ the Pines, Possum Kingdom Lake, Lake Cypress Springs, Richland Chambers Reservoir and Lake Athens. Or call us if you’ve been arrested in Matagorda Bay, Galveston Bay, Aransas Bay, Baffin Bay, Copano Bay, Nueces Bay or Oso Bay.

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Texas DWI Questions

  • What is DWI and its potential punishment?
  • What is DUI and its potential punishment?
  • What are the penalties for DWI in Texas?
  • What is DWI 2nd and the potential punishment?
  • What is an administrative license revocation (ALR), and why is it important to have an ALR hearing?
  • What is a felony DWI?
  • What is a DWI 3rd or more 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?

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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...

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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...

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The penalties for DWI in Texas DWI are: A First-Offense conviction will 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...

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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...

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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, in which...

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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. There are...

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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...

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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,...

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Past Results from actual DWI clients

President of brokerage firm was arrested driving home after a meeting with colleagues. Registered a .19 blood test. - DWI Case Dismissed.

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Business owner was arrested for DWI while driving home after company birthday party. - DWI Case Dismissed.

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College student was arrested for DWI on beach over spring break. Failed blood test. - DWI Case Dismissed.

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Retired dentist was arrested for DWI after meeting up with friends at local bar. Failed breath test. - DWI Case Dismissed.

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