West Virginia law not only prohibits driving a vehicle while intoxicated but also operating a boat while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This article explains West Virginia's boating under the influence (BUI) laws and the penalties you'll face for a BUI conviction.
West Virginia law prohibits operating a motorboat, jet ski, or other motorized vessels while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. A person can be convicted of boating under the influence for operating a watercraft while:
In other words, you can get a BUI based on actual impairment or BAC.
The consequences of a West Virginia BUI depend on the facts of the case. But generally, BUI penalties are:
Of course, penalties may vary depending on the specific circumstances of the case and the offender.
If you've been arrested for or charged with boating under the influence in West Virginia, get in contact with an experienced DUI/BUI attorney. The facts of every case are different. A good 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.