Boating While Intoxicated

Minnesota BWI Attorneys & Lawyers

With more than 10,000 lakes to enjoy in Minnesota, it is easy to understand why so many face criminal penalties for BWI. A driver is guilty of boating while intoxicated when they are in physical control of a watercraft, including boats, jet skis and other recreational watercraft, with an alcohol concentration of .08 or greater.

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First Time Offenders

First time offenders are subject to up to 90 days in jail, a $1,000 fine and the loss of boating privileges for 90 days during the boating season once convicted and notified by the Department of Natural Resources.

Aggravating Factors

If any of the following aggravating factors are involved, the offense automatically becomes a gross misdemeanor and penalties can increase to the felony level:

  • Blood alcohol content of .20 or more;

  • Prior DWI conviction(s) or test refusal(s) in the last 10 years; or

  • An individual under age 16 on the boat at the time of the offense.

License Revocation Issues

A violator who has no qualified prior impaired driving incident is subject only to the loss of operating privileges for their boat for the relevant period of suspension. Any person arrested for a DWI violation involving a motorboat and who has a qualified prior impaired driving incident on record is subject to the same administrative sanctions and criminal penalties as the person would be if arrested while driving a regular motor vehicle.

Boating While Intoxicated

Operating a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs can be even more dangerous than driving a car while impaired. Balance can be greatly affected by consuming alcohol and the operation of boat while under the influence can prove very difficult. In fact, in boating deaths involving alcohol use, over half the victims capsized their boats or fell into the water. 

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If you face BWI charges, we know you have many unanswered questions about your rights. The sooner you involve an experienced drunk driving defense attorney, the better able we will be to gather evidence and address other important elements of your BWI case. Contact our Minnesota BWI defense firm now at 763.323.6555 to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys.

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Serving Clients Statewide

Our Minnesota BWI defense lawyers represent clients throughout Minnesota, including the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Duluth, Rochester, Mankato, St. Cloud, Moorhead, Apple Valley, Blaine, Bloomington, Brooklyn Park, Burnsville, Coon Rapids, Eagan, Eden Prairie, Edina, Lakeville, Maple Grove, Maplewood, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Richfield, Roseville and Woodbury.

Contact the Brown Law Offices, P.A. by e-mail or call 763.323.6555 to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Minneapolis, Minnesota, BWI lawyer.

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