Daytona Beach is an area of central Florida renowned for water-related attractions. Vacationers enjoy pleasure yachting on the Atlantic Ocean, fishermen troll Lake George and thrill-seekers cruise down the Halifax River in speedboats.
With so many boats in close proximity to each other and to swimmers, windsurfers, water-skiers and other individuals, it is no wonder that so many boating accidents occur. When the boat operator is accused of causing the accident while boating under the influence (BUI), he or she needs aggressive legal representation right away.
At Delgado & Romanik, our Daytona Beach attorneys for boating under the influence (BUI) have received countless awards and accolades for their diligent and strategic defense of our clients' rights and interests. If you have been charged with BUI, we are here to fight for you. We have offices in Daytona Beach and DeLand.
It is illegal for Florida boaters to drink alcohol in excess or to operate a boat under the influence of drugs, just like it is illegal to do so in a car. However, you have different rights on a boat, and the police can treat you differently than they can on land.
The laws regarding evidence are also different on a boat. For instance, the field sobriety tests that law enforcement would perform on someone who was driving a car do not apply to someone who is on a boat. The physiological experience of being on a rocking ocean is completely different than driving down a road in a vehicle. In addition, whether or not you give a breath test (try our BAC Calculator to test your current blood alcohol content) has totally different consequences on a boat versus in a car.
Nevertheless, if you have a BUI conviction, it can count as a prior DUI, and vice versa. That is why it is so important to treat this charge seriously and get the diligent legal representation that you deserve.
To request a free initial consultation with one of the experienced lawyers at Delgado & Romanik, call us at 386.222.6677 or send us an email today.