In Hawaii, it's not only illegal to drive a car while intoxicated but also to operate a boat while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This article explains Hawaii's boating under the influence (BUI) laws and the penalties you'll face for a BUI conviction.
Hawaii law prohibits operating or being in actual physical control of a vessel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
A person can be convicted of boating under the influence (BUI) for operating a vessel if:
So, a BUI conviction can be based on actual drug or alcohol impairment or BAC.
The term "vessel" includes every "description of watercraft that [is] used or … capable of being used as a means of transportation on or in the water." So, you could theoretically get a BUI on boats that aren't motor-powered like canoes, sailboats, and the like.
The consequences of a Hawaii BUI conviction depend on the circumstances of the case. But generally, the possible penalties are:
Generally, boaters must have an ignition interlock device (IID) installed in all their vehicles during the period of license suspension.
The consequences of a Hawaii BUI are serious, and the facts of every case are different. If you've been arrested for boating under the influence, get in touch with an experienced DUI lawyer. A qualified attorney can explain how the law applies to the facts of your case and help you decide on the best course of action.