Oklahoma’s Boating Under the Influence Laws

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

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 for operating a vessel while:

  • under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or any other intoxicating substance “to a degree which renders such person incapable of safely operating a vessel,” or
  • having a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .1% or greater.

(Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 63, § 4210.8(A) (2016).)

BUI Penalties

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

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

(Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 63, § 4210.8(C) (2016).)


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.

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If you’ve been arrested for or charged with boating under the influence in Oklahoma, 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.

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