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Boating While Intoxicated – BWI Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested for Boating While Intoxicated, you need a top BWI lawyer quickly. Boating while intoxicated, or 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 who aggressively fights boating while intoxicated charges

The attorneys at Trichter & Murphy, 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.