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Going Boating This Summer? Remember That BWI Penalties Are Just as Severe as DWI Penalties

Texas has more square miles of inland water than any other state in the nation. Hundreds and thousands of people turn to water activities for summer and year-round fun in Texas. These types of activities are not always enjoyable, however, especially when people fail to adhere to basic safety measures designed to keep themselves and others out of harm's way. One of the most common crimes on Texas waterways is boating while intoxicated (BWI). According to sources, alcohol accounts for approximately 50 percent of all boating-related accidents.

Texas Penal Code clearly states that any person who operates a watercraft while intoxicated is committing the offense of BWI. All but unknown to some people, BWI is considered to be a Class B misdemeanor in the state of Texas and any person arrested for BWI could be looking at fines up to $2,000, up to 180 days in jail and the loss of his or her driver's license. In cases where an intoxicated boater causes an accident which results in serious bodily injury or death, he or she could be facing a third degree or even second degree felony charge which both carry much harsher penalties. There are also numerous situations which may allow for enhanced offenses and penalties to be added to the initial charge(s).

If you have been arrested or charged with BWI, I strongly recommend you contact The Law Office of Troy P. Burleson and speak with Attorney Burleson right away. When facing a BWI, or any alcohol-related charge, it is advised to consult with an attorney as soon as possible following your arrest. Consulting with an attorney at my firm will allow you to get your questions answered, help you protect your rights, prevent any instances of self-incrimination, and allow Attorney Burleson to immediately begin work on building a strong defense on your behalf.

As with drinking and driving, drinking and boating is a big mistake. Do not, however, allow one mistake to ruin the rest of your life. Contact my firm today to schedule an appointment to meet with a skilled Collin County DWI lawyer.

Categories: BWI, DWI
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