In Wyoming, it's not only illegal to drive a car while under the influence of drugs or alcohol but also to operate a boat while intoxicated. This article covers Wyoming's boating while intoxicated (BWI) restrictions and the penalties you'll face for a BWI conviction.
Wyoming law prohibits operating or being in actual physical control of a watercraft while intoxicated by drugs or alcohol.
A person can be convicted of boating while intoxicated for operating a watercraft while:
So, a person can be convicted of a BWI based on an excessive BAC level or actual impairment.
Under Wyoming law, the term "watercraft" means "any contrivance used or designed primarily for navigation on water"—not just motorboats. This definition makes it possible to get a BWI on rowboats, sailboats, and the like.
The consequences of a Wyoming BWI depend on the circumstances of the case. But generally, the consequences are:
In deciding how to sentence a convicted boater, judges will typically consider the mitigating and aggravated circumstances specific to the case.
If you've been arrested for or charged with boating under the influence in Wyoming, get in contact with an experienced DWI/BWI attorney. The facts of every case are different. A good DWI/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.