Charged with Boating Under the Influence (BUI) in Charleston, SC?

Then you need an attorney in South Carolina to help you navigate the legal process.

You and a group of friends take the boat out on the lake to unwind. And before you know it, a few drinks turned into one too many.

You’re back behind the controls, and then something terrible happens. The police are called. And what’s worse, now the wake from the boating incident is nothing compared to the turmoil you now face.

If you’re convicted of BUI in Charleston, SC, there can be serious penalties.

In the eyes of the law, BUI is quite similar to DUI. The offenses are often handled similarly in terms of law enforcement and prevention efforts.

The penalties for a misdemeanor BUI conviction could include:

If you caused property damage, serious injury or worse while boating and drinking, you’ll likely be charged with a felony BUI. And that means much more severe penalties, such as:

  • Loss of boating license

  • Fines from $5,000 to $25,000 (not including attorney fees)

  • Mandatory time in prison, from 30 days to 25 years

If your anxiety levels are going up from thinking about all of this, stop and take a deep breath. Remember: You don’t have to go through this alone.

You need a BUI attorney

If you’re facing a BUI charge in Charleston, SC, turn to Susan Williams.

With her experience defending people charged with alcohol offenses, Susan will review the details of your case and walk you through the next steps.

At this point, you probably have a ton of questions. Let me answer a few of them for you here:

Common questions about BUI

How are the penalties for a BUI conviction determined?

The penalties will be based on the specific details of each case. The boater’s blood alcohol content level is just one factor. Other factors include:

  • Was there property damage?

  • Were people injured?

  • If so, how serious were the injuries?

  • Did the BUI result in anyone’s death?

If the answer to any of those questions was “yes,” the penalties for a BUI conviction may be more serious.

Whether this is your first, second or third BUI offense also affects the penalties you could face. The maximum penalty for a first offense in South Carolina is 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

What’s the legal limit for intoxication?

A blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or more.

How does a BUI affect a DUI?

Boating under the influence convictions may be considered prior offenses if you are charged with a DUI in the future. If both offenses occur during the same five to ten year time period, then the offenses build on each other.

For example, if you have a BUI conviction and are charged with a DUI within that window of time, the DUI will be considered your second offense — even if you've never been cited for drinking and driving on land before.

Susan is here to help.

Susan provides professional legal services to people in Charleston, SC and surrounding areas. Our firm handles charges such as alcohol violations when boating or driving, drug offenses, juvenile offenses and more.

You deserve quality representation.

She knows the important differences between a DUI and a BUI. And she’s has the skills to put those differences to use for your case in the courtroom.

Unlike with DUI sobriety tests, the arresting officer is not required to videotape a BUI suspect. This leads to a situation of the arresting officer’s word against yours or any witnesses.

Susan will examine the details of your case to evaluate whether law enforcement made mistakes that would help your case.

People choose Susan when they need a lawyer who:
  • Stays in contact with her clients

  • Returns your phone calls

  • Has the ability to evaluate strengths and weaknesses of your case

  • Helps you every step of the way

  • Recognizes how a conviction could destroy your life

Waiting to take action won’t make this problem disappear. Don’t wait. Use this form, or call 843-607-9800 to schedule a free consultation with a Charleston, SC BUI attorney.

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