Vermont has laws that make it illegal to operate a boat while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This article covers Vermont's restriction on boating while intoxicated (BWI) and the penalties you'll face for a BWI conviction.
Vermont law prohibits operating or being in actual physical control of a vessel while intoxicated by drugs or alcohol.
A person can be convicted of boating while intoxicated (BWI) for operating a vessel while:
In other words, a BWI can be based on BAC or actual impairment.
Under Vermont's BWI law, the term "vessel" includes "every description of watercraft, other than a seaplane on the water or a racing shell or rowing scull occupied exclusively by persons over 12 years of age, used or capable of being used as a means of transportation on water." So you can theoretically get a BWI while operating non-motorized vessels such as rowboats, sailboats, and canoes.
The consequences of a Vermont BWI depend on the circumstances of the case. But generally, the consequences are:
Vermont law requires all BWI offenders to complete an eight-hour boating safety education course. And judges must suspend for one year the boat operating privileges of anyone convicted of a BWI.
If you've been arrested for or charged with boating under the influence in Vermont, get in contact with an experienced BWI attorney. The facts of every case are different. A good BWI 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.