Boating Under The Influence (BUI)

Hire An Experienced DUI Defense Lawyer For Your Boating Under The Influence Charge.

Tennessee is a beautiful state with many lakes and rivers where Tennesseans routinely enjoy spending time with friends and loved ones. Unfortunately, while enjoying themselves, many people find themselves facing a Tennessee BUI or Tennessee Boating Under the Influence charge. In Tennessee, Boating Under the Influence or BUI is a Criminal Offense that can become part of your permanent criminal history. A Tennessee BUI charge can also lead to the suspension of your driving privileges, similar to a Tennessee DUI charge.

Boating Under the Influence in Tennessee is defined by statute as:

It's always illegal for anybody or individuals to operate any boat, motorized vessel susceptible to registration or any kind of commercial boat, charter boat or any vessel as described within this section on the open public waters of the state of Tennessee while under the influence of any intoxicant, narcotic drug, marijuana, or narcotic producing stimulating side effects within the neurological system.

Similar to Driving Under the Influence in the state of Tennessee, the law has created a presumption that anyone who registers a 0.08% or greater on a blood, breath or urine test is presumed to be Boating Under the Influence of alcohol or a drug.

Interestingly, one defense to Tennessee Boating Under the Influence is to have a boat or vessel that is anchored or moored.

One of East Tennessee’s Highest Trained DUI Criminal Defense Lawyers

Many of the defenses and issues involved in defending a Tennessee Boating Under the Influence charge are very similar to those for Tennessee Driving Under the Influence. As such, it is important to contact a Tennessee DUI or Tennessee BUI lawyer as soon as possible in order to protect your permanent criminal record.   Call (865) 540-8300 as soon as possible to schedule a free appointment with a Tennessee BUI lawyer at the Garza Law Firm today!