Boating under Influence ( BUI ) Arrests at Gasparilla 2011

Although the media is reporting that only 4 people were arrested for BUI (boating under the influence) at Gasparilla 2011, the actual number appears to be much higher. In many of these cases the Coast Guard was involved with the initial stop. The coast guard requested permission to board the watercraft to perform a safety boarding inspection.

The Coast Guard would then enter the boat to look for compliance with certain regulations including numbering, certificates, personal flotation devices, sound producing devices, bell, fire extinguisher, backfire flame control, ventilation, marine sanitation device, and visual distress signals.

During the boarding safety inspection, the Coast Guard boarding officer will also look for any evidence of negligent or gross negligent operation of the water vessel including intoxicated operation under 46 USC 2302(c). If the Coast Guard makes any observation of the operator possibly being under the influence of alcohol, then the Coast Guard boarding officer could request the operator perform field sobriety exercises.

In many of these cases, the Coast Guard turned the investigation over to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Division of Law Enforcement. The FFWCC would then request the subject submit to a breath test on the Intoxilyzer 8000. For some reason, the number of individuals who refuse the breath test after a BUI arrest is incredibly higher than after a DUI arrest in Hillsborough County, Florida.

If you were arrested for BUI in Hillsborough County, contact an experienced attorney at the Sammis Law Firm to fight your case. Our attorneys are available to give you an initial consultation over the phone before you schedule a free office consultation to discuss possible defenses to the charges. Boating under the influence (BUI) convictions come with serious consequences. Visit our main website for more information on
Boating Under the Influence (BUI) in Tampa, Hillsborough County, FL, including penalties, punishments, consequences for the driver’s license, and possible defenses.

Contact a Tampa attorney for Boating under the Influence (BUI) to discuss any case in Hillsborough County or the surrounding areas of Pinellas County, Manatee County, or Pasco County, Florida.

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