Oklahoma's Boating Under the Influence (BUI) Laws and Penalties

Read about the consequences of boating under the influence (BUI) in Oklahoma.

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In Oklahoma, it's not only illegal to drive while under the influence, but you can also be arrested and charged with a crime for operating a boat while intoxicated.

This article explained Oklahoma's boating under the influence (BUI) laws and the penalties you'll face for a BUI conviction.

Oklahoma's Boating Under the Influence (BUI) Laws

Oklahoma law prohibits operating or being in actual physical control of a vessel—except on privately owned waters—while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. A person can be convicted of boating under the influence (BUI) for operating a vessel while:

In other words, you can get a BUI in Oklahoma based on actual impairment or having a BAC that's above the legal limit.

Penalties for Boating Under the Influence in Oklahoma

The consequences of an Oklahoma BUI depend on the circumstances of the case. But generally, the penalties are:

  • First offenses. A first-offense BUI is a misdemeanor and carries a fine of up to $1,000.
  • Repeat offenses. A second or subsequent BUI is also a misdemeanor, but the fines are $1,000 to $2,500.

So, unlike with a DUI conviction (where a third offense is punished more severely than a second offense), there are only two levels of BUI penalties.

Talk to an Oklahoma DUI Attorney

If you've been arrested for or charged with boating under the influence in Oklahoma, get in contact with an experienced DUI attorney. The facts of every case are different. A good DUI 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.

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