Boating under the influence (BUI) in South Carolina is a serious offense that carries legal consequences. In South Carolina, it is unlawful for a person to operate a watercraft while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The state’s BUI laws are designed to promote safety on the water and protect boaters and their passengers.
If a person is caught boating under the influence in South Carolina, they can face criminal charges. The blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for boating is 0.08% or higher. If a person’s BAC exceeds this limit, they can be arrested and charged with BUI.
The penalties for BUI in South Carolina can include fines, imprisonment, and the suspension of boating privileges. For a first offense, the penalties may include a fine of up to $200 and/or imprisonment for up to 30 days. Subsequent offenses carry steeper penalties, including higher fines and longer periods of imprisonment. Additionally, BUI convictions can have long-term consequences, such as increased insurance premiums and a criminal record.
It is worth noting that South Carolina has an “implied consent” law, which means that boaters are required to submit to a breathalyzer or other chemical tests if law enforcement suspects them of operating a watercraft under the influence. Refusal to take these tests can result in the immediate suspension of boating privileges.
Although these laws are in place, sadly, many people continue to drink and operate boats and jet skis, resulting in hundreds of accidents per year. Boat and jet ski accidents can be life-changing experiences. In the wake of one, you and your family should be able to focus your time and attention on recovery rather than the stress of a legal battle. Our attorneys at ML Lawyers are here to give you peace of mind. We use our experience, knowledge, and resources to reach a fair resolution on your behalf. Once we learn about your situation, we can start to build your case immediately. 864-225-9155