Kansas law prohibits operating a vessel within the state while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The term “vessel” includes “any watercraft designed to be propelled by machinery, oars, paddles or wind action upon a sail for navigation on the water.” A person can be convicted of boating under the influence (BUI) for operating a vessel while:
In other words, a BUI can be based on actual impairment or the amount of alcohol in the boater's system.
Kansas BUI penalties depend on the offender’s age and whether the offender has previously been convicted of a BUI. The consequences for a first, repeat-offense, and underage BUI are:
All Kansas BUI offenders must complete a state-approved boater safety education course.
If you’ve been arrested for or charged with boating under the influence in Kansas, get in contact with an experienced BUI attorney. The facts of every case are different. A good BUI attorney should be able to explain how Kansas BUI law applies to the facts of your case and help you decide on the best course of action.