Boating Under the Influence and Boating While Impaired

Providing the Strong Defense You Need

If you have been stopped by the Maryland Natural Resources Police or the United States Coast Guard and charged with boating under the influence or boating while impaired, you need a Salisbury defense lawyer who is experienced in handling these types of cases. One of our offices is located on the waterfront community of Crisfield, Maryland and our legal team at Anthenelli, Phoebus & Hickman, LLC have experience defending individuals charged with BUI/BWI in the waters in and around Somerset County, Wicomico County, and Worcester County.

Allow a Qualified Criminal Lawyer to Protect Your Rights

Maryland Natural Resources Police and the U.S. Coast Guard do not need a reason to board your vessel and many BUI/BWI cases begin as part of a routine inspection. Many of the field sobriety tests that are used on land have little or no validity on boaters whose "sea legs" affect their balance and equilibrium. New water-based sobriety tests are starting to be used, but marine police may have very little experience in administering these new tests correctly. In short, you may have defenses to your BUI/BWI case that an experienced criminal defense attorney can present.

Penalties for BUI/BWI

Boaters can be asked to take a breath test and, like Maryland's DUI per se law, a test result of with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher will result in a charge of "BUI per se." A first offense carries penalties of up to one year in jail, a $1,000 fine and the loss of your boating privileges in the State of Maryland for up to 1 year. The results of your breath test for a boating offense do not affect your license to drive a motor vehicle.

We defend boaters who are charged while operating their vessel on the following bodies of water:

  • Chesapeake Bay
  • Tangier Sound
  • Wicomico River
  • Pocomoke River
  • Assawoman Bay
  • Atlantic Ocean
  • Chincoteague Bay

A Legacy of 75+ Years of Combined Experience

With a proven track record, the Salisbury BUI lawyers at Anthenelli, Phoebus & Hickman, LLC understand the difficulties associated with being charged with boating under the influence or boating while impaired. Qualified to handle your case in an efficient and effective manner, do not hesitate to give us a call to procure the aggressive defense you need. Our firm serves the entire Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland, including Somerset County, Wicomico County, and Worcester County and Salisbury, Ocean City, Snow Hill, and Princess Anne.

If your day on the water ended with a BUI/BWI charge, call our office at (410) 657-5775‚Äč or fill out our confidential consultation. There is no charge for an initial consultation about your case.

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