Wisconsin law prohibits operating a motorboat while intoxicated by drugs or alcohol. A person can be convicted of boating while intoxicated (BWI) for operating a motorboat while:
(Wis. Stat. Ann. § 30.681(1) (2016).)
The consequences of a Wisconsin BWI depend on the facts of the case. But generally, BWI penalties are:
Judges must order all BWI offenders to be assessed for and comply with recommended substance abuse treatment. And anyone convicted of a BWI must complete a state-approved boating safety program.
(Wis. Stat. Ann. § 30.80(6) (2016).)
HOW MUCH TIME WOULD YOU ACTUALLY SPEND IN JAIL?
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.
If you’ve been arrested for or charged with boating while intoxicated in Wisconsin, 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.