Michigan law prohibits operating a motorboat while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Michigan has two general classifications of boating under the influence:
(Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 324.80176 (2016).)
The penalties for a Michigan BUI depend on a number of factors, including:
(Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § § 324.80177, 324.80178, 324.80178b, 324.80186 (2016).)
In general, the penalties for a BUI are slightly more severe than those for a BWVI conviction. And the consequences of a conviction are typically enhanced if the boater has prior convictions, was involved in an accident, or had a passenger under the age of 16.
Our “Michigan BUI/BWVI Penalties” article has a more complete discussion of BUI and BWVI penalties, including those for repeated offenses and BUI accidents involving injuries or death.
HOW MUCH TIME WOULD YOU ACTUALLY SPEND IN JAIL?
Sentencing law is complex. For example, a statute might list a “minimum” jail sentence that’s longer than the actual amount of time (if any) a defendant will have to spend behind bars. All kinds of factors can affect actual punishment, including credits for good in-custody behavior and jail-alternative work programs.
If you face criminal charges, consult an experienced criminal defense lawyer. An attorney with command of the rules in your jurisdiction will be able to explain the law as it applies to your situation.
Michigan BUI law is complicated and the facts of every case are different. If you’ve been arrested for boating under the influence, get in touch with an experienced BUI lawyer. A qualified attorney can explain how the law applies to the facts of your case and help you decide on your best course of action.