BWI – Boating While Intoxicated

BWI Attorney in Houston

Have you been arrested after a day of relaxing and having a few beers with friends while out on your boat? If so, you were most likely charged with a BWI (Boating While Intoxicated). In Texas, enforcement efforts against BWI are on the rise. Texas has more miles of inland water than any other state and that number is accompanied by the highest number of boat related fatalities of any state. If you are charged with a BWI in the Houston area, trust your defense to highly trained Houston BWI Attorney Billy Skinner.

Texas Boating While Intoxicated Defense

A BWI in Texas is very similar to its legal cousin, the DWI (Driving While Intoxicated). The standards for charging a person are the same in that it is unlawful to operate a boat with a blood alcohol content at or above 0.08 grams. It is also unlawful to operate a boat in a dangerous manner due to the consumption of alcohol or drugs. Other similarities between the two are that very steep penalties are common.

The following penalties are imposed upon first conviction of a Texas BWI and subsequent convictions can cost more:

  • Fines up to $2,000
  • Incarceration up to 180 days
  • Automatic License Revocation if a chemical test is refused

While there are distinct similarities between a Texas BWI and a DWI, there are also some major differences. The biggest and most obvious difference is that a BWI relates to operating a boat while intoxicated on a waterway, rather than a motor vehicle on land. In the case of a BWI, law enforcement officers do not have to demonstrate probable cause or reasonable suspicion in order to initiate contact with a boat operator. Officers can stop a boater and board the vessel under the premise of conducting a “safety check” and develop their case from that point if their observations indicate that the operator has been drinking. Differences also exist with the manner in which officers can screen operators for BWI through field sobriety tests.

Houston BWI Lawyer :: Billy Skinner

The unique circumstances that commonly surround BWI arrests require a different type of defense to be mounted. An experienced Houston BWI attorney knows just how to handle these situations and will be able to pinpoint common weaknesses in the state’s case such as how field sobriety was administered and other observations. If you find yourself facing a BWI in Conroe, Houston or anywhere in Texas, contact the Law Offices of Billy Skinner to protect your rights and ensure a strong defense against your charges.

Contact Houston DWI Attorney Billy Skinner Today

If you’ve been arrested and charged with BWI (Boating While Intoxicated) in Houston, it’s important that you speak with an attorney as quickly as possible. Whether you call our office first or call our office last, just give us a call. We won’t try to sell you anything or scare you into hiring our firm. Just a free, straightforward review of your case.

Call (713) 600-7777 or contact us today.