Boating Under the Influence

Boaters Drinking on South Carolina Lakes Can Be Arrested for Boating Under the Influence

The penalties and ramifications of driving under the influence (DUI) are widely known throughout our state; however, boaters beware:  you can also be charged with boating under the influence. Having a few beers out on one of our state’s gorgeous lakes might not seem like a huge deal, but when partnered with the sunshine, drinking while boating becomes very dangerous and is a crime.  If arrested for boating under the influence (BUI), you could some of the same penalties as someone convicted of driving a car while intoxicated.

Penalties for Boating Under the Influence in South Carolina include:

Boaters who have a blood alcohol of .08 or more are presumed to be intoxicated.

  • jail time,
  • alcohol education programs, such as ADSAP,
  • community service,
  • job loss, and
  • suspension from operating a water vehicle for up to 2 years.

If operating your boat on one of our state’s beautiful lakes, enjoy the water and leave the alcohol at home.

Contact a South Carolina Boating Under the Influence Attorney

Criminal defense lawyers at the Strom Law Firm, LLC provide free consultations to discuss the facts of your boating under the influence case.  Let us fight your BUI charge and help you protect your professional and financial future.  Call our team of criminal defense attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, LLC today.


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