Focused Defense Against Drunk Boating Charges
Many people feel a little more lax when it comes to drinking and boating than they are with operating while intoxicated or driving under the influence (OWI/DUI). With less traffic in a boat than on the streets and with purely recreational goals, drinking on a boat is more commonplace. Further, many people feel that the fines, jail time and other penalties are not as severe for boating while intoxicated as they are for OWI/DUI.
However, Iowa takes boating while intoxicated at least as seriously as it takes drunk driving. Des Moines boating while intoxicated defense attorneys Sean P. Spellman and Mary K. Spellman of Spellman Law, P.C., defend Iowa clients against these charges. If you have been charged with boating while intoxicated, we will help you get the best results possible to minimize the fines, jail time, loss of driving privileges and possible embarrassment in your community.
Legal Nuances of Boating While Intoxicated
Many people think of boating while intoxicated (BWI) laws as being basically the same as the laws around driving while intoxicated, but this not always the case. There are some similarities and some important differences between BWI and DWI, including:
- Standards for intoxication: For many years, the blood alcohol content (BAC) for BWI was significantly different from the BAC for driving while intoxicated. However, Iowa recently changed the BAC for boating while intoxicated charges to .08, which is the same as DWI.
- Stops, searches and seizures: A stop of a boat on a waterway has its own unique considerations. In general, authorities are given a great deal more latitude on waterways in terms of stopping, searching and seizing vessels.
- Penalties: BWI charges involve an automatic 48-hour jail penalty, as well as fines and the loss of boating privileges.
Sean and Mary Spellman focus their work as lawyers exclusively on criminal defense matters. This focus is a great benefit and source of relief for clients facing serious alcohol-related charges in Iowa.
Des Moines Boating Under the Influence Defense Attorneys ∙ 515-222-4330
Spellman Law, P.C., offers free initial consultations, which allows you the chance to sit down with a lawyer and discuss your case in a free, confidential setting. Call Spellman Law, P.C., or e-mail the firm to schedule your free initial consultation. Schedule a free consultation online or by calling our office at 515-222-4330.