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Boating Under the Influence in Fresno

Fresno Boating Under the Influence Defense Attorney

In California, the laws governing the operation of a watercraft while under the influence are essentially the same as the DUI laws for motor vehicles. The blood alcohol concentration must be below .08 percent to be legal, and if you are operating a commercial watercraft, the limit is .04 percent. Boating is a dangerous sport and because most individuals are not out on the water on a regular basis, their ability to operate a boat is not equal to their ability to operate a motor vehicle, leading to extremely serious accidents when they do occur. Boating accidents often result in fatalities or serious injuries, including brain damage because the victim was under water for a time after being knocked from a boat and rendered unconscious. Being arrested and charged with Boating Under the Influence (BUI) is a serious charge. If convicted, it will count as a prior DUI on any subsequent DUI offense you may be charged with.

BUI Defense Lawyer in Fresno

Operating a boat while under the influence is a crime in Fresno. There are almost one million boats and other watercrafts registered in California, and there are numerous recreational boating sites around the Fresno area. At areas like Bass Lake, Millerton Lake, Huntington Lake, Shaver Lake, Pine Flat Lake, and the Kings River, law enforcement officers are on the lookout for individuals boating under the influence. Mr. Wapner is a recreational boater, and has been since childhood. He is intimately familiar with boating rules and regulations. While the consequences of a BUI charge are similar to those of a DUI charge, there are some subtle differences and not all DUI attorneys are aware of. For example, a BUI arrest does not trigger the administrative suspension of your driver's license with the DMV. Also, it may be possible to enter a diversion program for a BUI. Terry Wapner is a proven Fresno Area Boating Under the Influence defense attorney, and is familiar with all aspects of BUI charges.

There are defense options available to those charged in a boating under the influence case. Terry Wapner will thoroughly review your case and the evidence against you, and will advise you of what strategy is best employed to help you defend against the charges.

Contact a Fresno Boating Under the Influence Defense Attorney Terry Wapner today.

What Happens Now?

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It’s a frightening situation. You are arrested for DUI after submitting to a breathalyzer and participating in a couple of field sobriety tests. The officer confiscated your driver’s license and provided you with a temporary license. You were given a notice to appear in court in a few weeks. Now what? Fresno DUI attorney, Terry A. Wapner, can help you make sense of this situation, guide you through the process, and might be able to provide the defense that results in finding you Not Guilty!

Myths & Truths About DUI Charges

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Myth: “There is nothing that a Fresno DUI defense lawyer can do.” Truth: Absolutely not true. Over the past 7-10 years, the conviction rate in California for DUI's is only around 70 percent. That means that 30 percent of the charges are being reduced to charges that are less than a DUI charge or not guilty verdicts are being returned. I have the ability and have won Fresno DUI cases. Do not give in to despair and believe that you are destined to lose. Entering a guilty plea to a DUI charge when the evidence against you can be challenged may result in an expensive mistake that could haunt you in the long run.