Boating Under The Influence (BUI)

Have You Been Charged With BUI In Houston, TX?

Boating under the influence is a common offense that law enforcement is very aware of in Texas, given the abundance of lakes and the long coastline along the Gulf, along with the fact that boating is a recreational activity often accompanied by drinking. It doesn’t occur to many people that they need to be just as cautious about their blood-alcohol content while boating as they are when driving until it is too late and they meet the surprise of being stopped by a police officer on the water.

It is often possible to resolve DWI charges on the basis of an unlawful stop, but while in a boat, police can stop you for a “safety check” in order to get closer to your vessel and investigate for signs of BUI, even if such signs were not visible at a distance. If you are convicted you face fines up to $2,000 and can spend as many as 180 days in jail, along with license suspension. Penalties increase for second and third convictions. A Houston DWI lawyer can advise you on your rights and options for resolving charges of boating under the influence.

Defending Against a BUI Conviction

Houston DWI attorney Jim Medley grew up in Texas and understands how much you value your rights and your freedom. There are many defenses for BUI in the Houston courts, and with his years of experience as a criminal lawyer he is prepared to help you with your charges. He conducts a thorough investigation of each case to find any evidence that will invalidate the position of the prosecution.

He will subpoena the maintenance and calibration records of the machine used to test you for intoxication and examine for any evidence of malfunction that he can find on the part of a breath test operator or maintenance technician in order to challenge the test results. With years of experience as a college professor, he knows how to make a clear and persuasive argument in court to have your charges dropped or to secure a plea bargain.