Ohio law prohibits operating or being in 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 while:
(Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 1547.11(A) (2016).)
The consequences of an Ohio BUI generally depend on whether the offender has prior BUI or OVI (operating a vehicle impaired) convictions. BUIs are first-degree misdemeanors with the following penalties:
A judge might also require a BUI offender to complete a boating safety course.
(Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § § 1547.99, 2929.24 (2016).)
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.
If you’ve been arrested for or charged with boating under the influence in Ohio, 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 the law applies to the facts of your case and help you decide on your best course of action.