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According to Florida statute 316.1933, it is illegal to operate any type of watercraft while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This includes jet skis, canoes, kayaks, and anything else that can be used to move through the water. If you are pulled over for suspected BUI and taken to the police station, you will be asked to submit to a breath, urine, or blood test. If you refuse, you will face even harsher penalties than if you had taken the test and failed.

At Monroe Law, P.A., we have handled hundreds of DUI cases and know how to help our clients avoid conviction. If you are facing a BUI charge in Jacksonville, we can help you fight the charges against you and get the best possible outcome for your case.

What is The BAC Limit for a BUI in Jacksonville?

In Jacksonville, Florida, the legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for operating a boat under the influence is 0.08%. According to Florida law, a person is considered to be "under the influence" if their blood alcohol concentration is 0.08% or higher while operating a vessel. It's important to note that this limit applies to individuals aged 21 and above. For individuals under the age of 21, any detectable amount of alcohol in their system may lead to penalties. 

Schedule your initial consultation with our Jacksonville BUI attorney by calling (904) 507-6194 or filling out our online form.

What Is the Penalty for BUI in Florida?

If you are convicted of BUI, you will face penalties that vary depending on whether it is your first, second, or third offense. 

  • First-time BUI offenders may be charged with a misdemeanor and face up to 60 days in jail and/or a $500 fine. 
  • Second-time offenders will be charged with a misdemeanor and face up to 9 months in jail and/or a $1000 fine. 
  • Third-time offenders will be charged with a felony and face up to 5 years in prison and/or a $5000 fine. 
  • If you are under the age of 21 and caught driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.02 percent or higher, you will be charged with a misdemeanor and face up to 60 days in jail and/or a $500 fine.

In addition to jail time and fines, you will also have to complete a DUI program and have your license suspended for up to 12 months. If you refuse to take a breath, urine, or blood test when pulled over for BUI, you will be charged with a first-degree misdemeanor and face up to 1 year in jail and/or a $1000 fine. If you are under the age of 21 and refuse a breath test, you will be charged with a first-degree misdemeanor and face up to 1 year in jail and/or a $1000 fine. If you are over the age of 21 and refuse a breath, urine, or blood test, you will be charged with a misdemeanor and face up to 9 months in jail and/or a $1000 fine.

How We Can Challenge Your DUI Charge

If you are arrested for BUI and taken to the police station for questioning, you should ask your attorney to be present for the interview. You do not have to answer any questions that the police ask you, and you should not answer anything without your attorney present. If you do decide to answer questions without your attorney present, it is best to only answer questions about your name and date of birth. You do not have to answer any questions about the incident, and anything you say can be used against you in court.

Contact Our Firm Today

If you are facing a BUI charge in Jacksonville, our Jacksonville BUI lawyer can help you fight the charges against you. We can help you challenge the evidence against you and help you fight to get your charges reduced or dismissed.

If you are facing a BUI charge, contact our Jacksonville BUI attorney today by filling out our online form or by calling (904) 507-6194.

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