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

Read about the consequences—including jail time and fines—of boating under the influence (BUI) in Oregon.

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Boaters in Oregon are basically held to the same standards as drivers in terms of being under the influence. This article covers Oregon's boating under the influence (BUI) laws and the penalties you'll face for a BUI conviction.

Oregon's Boating Under the Influence (BUI) Laws

Oregon law prohibits operating, propelling, or being in actual physical control of any boat while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. A person can be convicted of boating under the influence for operating a watercraft while:

  • impaired by a controlled substance, alcohol, or a combination of the two to a degree that "the person's physical or mental facilities are adversely affected to a noticeable or perceptible degree," or
  • having a blood concentration (BAC) of .08% or greater.

So, as with driving under the influence, you can get a BUI based on actual impairment or a BAC that's over the limit.

Oregon's BUI Penalties—Fines, Jail, and Suspensions

An Oregon BUI is a class A misdemeanor. BUI offenders face up to one year in jail, a maximum of $6,250 in fines, and a one-year suspension of boating privileges.

And all boaters convicted of a BUI must complete a state-approved boating safety course.

Talk to an Oregon Attorney

If you've been arrested for or charged with boating under the influence in Oregon, get in contact with an experienced attorney. The facts of every case are different. A good attorney should be able to explain how Oregon BUI law applies to the facts of your case and help you decide on the best course of action.

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