Illinois Criminal Defense Blog

Friday, May 2, 2014

Stiff Penalties for Drinking and Boating in Illinois

The unofficial start of boating season is right around the corner, and whether you’re tearing up the waves on Lake Michigan’s shoreline or you’re cruising around Chain O’Lakes, there’s something you need to know: legislation passed last year that says drinking and boating are as serious as drinking and driving a car. If you are charged with drinking and boating, your first call needs to be to an Illinois BUI lawyer.

The Legal Limit for BUI

Boating under the influence, or BUI, is just like a DUI in Chicago. The legal blood alcohol concentration limit is 0.08 – and it doesn’t take much to get to that level. A 130-pound woman who’s done three shots in an hour is over the limit; a 180-pound man who’s had four beers is also over it. (Find out how much you can legally drink if you’re behind the wheel of a boat.)

What to Do if You’re Arrested on Chicago’s Waterways

If police arrest you (and make no mistake, they are out patrolling… especially on weekends, when most accidents occur) and you’ve been drinking, the first thing you need to do is call a BUI lawyer in the Chicago, Rolling Meadows or Skokie areas.

Like with all other arrests, don’t say anything. Don’t answer any questions, no matter what police promise you (or threaten you with). Talking without your lawyer present is almost always a recipe for trouble, even if you’re innocent. When police tell you that anything you say can and will be used against you, remember that they really will use it against you.

How Can a BUI Lawyer Help?

If you’re convicted of a BUI in Illinois, you could lose your driver’s license, spend time in jail and pay hefty fines. That’s why you need a talented attorney to fight for your rights – and the sooner you have one in your corner, the better. A BUI lawyer will help prevent you from incriminating yourself, walk you through the entire legal process, and be watching out for you every step of the way.

 

 


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