Accused Of BUI Or BWI? Call Our Firm Immediately.
Similar to driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while impaired by alcohol (DWI), operating a boat while intoxicated (BUI or BWI) is a serious offense under Maryland law. Such an offense could carry heavy penalties under federal law, depending on which agency processes the matter, be it the state of Maryland or a federal agency such as the U.S. Coast Guard.
You could face fines, incarceration, loss of boat operation privileges or all three. The Law Offices of Thomas Maronick Jr LLC is here to help. As the founder and managing attorney at our firm, Thomas Maronick Jr. is highly experienced in challenging BUI charges both inside and outside of the criminal courtroom. He is a recognized leader in the legal community and is regularly featured on major news outlets.
If you are charged with operating a boat while impaired in Ocean City or across Maryland, let us help you. With trial experience all over the state in alcohol-related offenses, trust an advocate who will help you in defending your rights.
Contact our attorneys at 410-885-1775 today for a free consultation regarding BUI/BWI.
Understanding Maryland’s BUI Penalties
Boating under the influence is covered under Maryland’s operating under the influence (OUI) and operating while intoxicated/impaired (OWI) laws. Under these laws, a boat operator may face serious penalties if convicted. The specific penalties will depend upon the operator’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) and whether this is a first or subsequent offense.
The following penalties may be imposed for BUI or BWI in Maryland:
- Boating under the influence per se (BUI or OUI), which involves a BAC result of .08% or greater, carries a fine of up to $1,000, up to one year in jail and the loss of boating privileges.
- Boating while intoxicated (BWI or OWI), which involves abilities that are impaired by alcohol or drugs, carries a two-month jail sentence, $500 fine and loss of boating privileges.
Enhanced penalties may apply for second or subsequent BUI or BWI convictions.
We’ll Defend Your Rights In Court
Whether your alleged offense took place on the Eastern Shore, in Ocean City or any other part of Maryland, let The Law Offices of Thomas Maronick Jr LLC defend your rights. Our lawyers represent clients across the state in the face of these charges. We will be there for you every step of the way from the initial consult to the trial to help you as we work to achieve the best results we can attain for you in this difficult situation.
Call our offices at 410-885-1775 and find out how we can help you.