Drunk driving charges are not relegated only to land. Alcohol plays a role in 50% of all boating accidents, and boating while intoxicated (BWI) is exactly what it sounds like – operating a boat while with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or higher. Similar to driving a motor vehicle while intoxicated (DWI), boating while intoxicated charges are serious offenses in the state of Texas accompanied by hefty fines and possibly years of jail time.
What should be a fun day on the water can quickly turn tragic once alcohol is added to the mix. Your guests, other boats, water/jet skiers and swimmers are all at heightened risk of injury, damage or death if you operate your vessel after just one drink.
If you have been accused of boating while intoxicated, hiring a lawyer will be one of the most important decisions you ever make. You urgently need an advocate with the skill, dedication, and resources to fight for you. Morgan Bourque is the Texas-based BWI lawyer with the track record of successful related defenses that can help ease the stress of this critical time.
As a former prosecutor, Morgan has handled BWI/DWI cases from both sides of the courtroom. He has defended several drivers accused of boating while intoxicated and is extremely knowledgeable in boating laws and precedents. His deep experience enables him to anticipate the actions that the opposing side may take and build an even stronger defense based on this insider’s perspective.
There were 209 BWI arrests in 2013 – that’s nearly one per day. The police are monitoring the waterways for suspicious behavior. Many misinformed boaters believe having a drink while manning a boat is a negligible action. If you are arrested for boating while intoxicated, you face jail time of up to 180 days, a fine as high as $2,000 or both. Additionally, the person’s license may be automatically suspended. And with each offense, the penalties continually rise.
If you have or may be charged with a boating while intoxicated offense, an immediate call to Morgan Bourque can help you avoid losing your boat, serving jail time and paying hefty fines. Authorities who patrol the waterways are generally not as skilled as their land-based counterparts at administering field sobriety tests, which Morgan can use to his advantage when building a defense.
With years of strong results to back it up, Morgan is the reputable BWI/DWI lawyer you need to passionately defend your rights, avoid and lessen heavy penalties, and protect for your future.
Good people can make mistakes and sometimes innocents get caught in a web of suspicion. No matter your situation, Morgan Bourque is ready to provide efficient, aggressive representation inside and outside the courtroom.
We service Harris County, Montgomery County, The Woodlands, Houston, Spring, Conroe, Montgomery, Magnolia and Oak Ridge
Call now to review your boating while intoxicated case and begin establishing a successful strategy.