Summertime is here, and more and more people are heading to the waters of California. Take your friends out on your boat, and bring along alcohol. Before you do this, you should be aware that in California, Boating DUIs carry penalties similar to those for automobile DUI, including possible jail time, fines, a boating safety program, and driver's license suspension.
In addition, a boating DUI is counted as prior DUI in the future. In other words, if you have a prior DUI, it can be used to enhance punishment in a second DUI.
To assist a police patrol boat in stopping your vessel, such actions as turning your craft too fast, or turning it aggressively, losing control of your vessel, having violations in your vehicle equipment, speeding, not using safety equipment, and other law violations, will ensure a stop.
The same DUI defenses that a San Francisco DUI attorney would use in an automobile DUI can be employed: the field sobriety tests, the chemical test results, and who was actually driving the vessel, among other things.
While drinking in a boat is legal, driving impaired is not. If you are stopped for a boating DUI, treat it just like a regular automobile DUI, and find a San Francisco DUI attorney to assist you. Enjoy the summer, and be safe.
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