San Antonio Boating While Intoxicated– BWI Lawyer
Aggressive San Antonio BWI Lawyer Who Will Fight Boating While Intoxicated Charges
When you’ve been arrested for Boating While Intoxicated, you need a top San Antonio BWI lawyer fast. A person is charged with BWI in Texas if they are intoxicated while operating a watercraft. A BWI offense is a class B misdemeanor except as provided by Section 49.09 of the Texas Penal Code, requiring a minimum of 72 hours of confinement.
If you’ve been arrested for BWI, call us 24/7 to keep your boating and driver licenses.
Gary Trichter is a DWI Specialist Who Aggressively Defends BWI Charges
Gary Trichter is a DWI Attorney Specialist with more than 35 years of experience defending citizens charged with boating while intoxicated. He understand that a BWI arrest is similar to a DWI arrest. Both can damage your valuable reputation and change your life. The penalties for BWI are, in fact, the same as DWI — both can be a tremendous financial and career burden on you and your family.
A Boating While Intoxicated Arrest Can Happen to Anyone
No matter how responsible you are as captain of your watercraft you can still be wrongly arrested. Always put the safety of your passengers and other people on the water first:
- Don’t overindulge on alcohol while enjoying yourself on Texas waters. If fact, it’s best not to drink at all before or while operating a watercraft on Texas waters.
- Be sure to wear a life vest and make sure you have enough for every passenger on board.
- Don’t drink if you’re going to entertain guests on your boat.
Doing the right things still doesn’t guarantee that you won’t be arrested for BWI. Imagine fishing or water skiing on the lake most of the day and a law enforcement vessel approaches your boat for a safety inspection. After making sure you have plenty of life preservers on board, the officer remarks that they can smell alcohol on your breath.
Sobriety Test on Sea Legs
The officer takes you on board his vessel and your whisked ashore. There, you’re given about 15 minutes to shed your “sea legs,” then put through a series of dock-side gymnastics. He asks you to stand on one leg, walk a straight line, and tilt your head back while closing your eyes. With this faulty testing, the officer observes that you are clearly off balance and arrests you for boating while intoxicated. Gary Trichter has seen this scenario many times and knows how to poke holes in the flawed testing methods used to charge innocent people of BWI.
Your BWI lawyer practices all over Texas
Attorney Gary Trichter can help if you’ve been arrested for boating while intoxicated while boating anywhere in Texas including Median Lake, Braunig Lake, Calaveris Lake, Choke Canyon Reservoir and Canyon Lake.