Manasquan NJ Boating DWI Attorney
Driving a boat while intoxicated in violation of N.J.S.A. 12:7-46, also known as boating DWI, is a serious offense. Indeed, a conviction results not only in a suspension of an individual’s ability to operate a boat but also a person’s right to operate a car or other motor vehicle. It is therefore abundantly important that anyone charged with being intoxicated and operating a boat to retain a lawyer who is well versed in DWI. The attorneys at our firm include several former drunk driving prosecutors who are not only certified on the Alcotest 7110 but are also among a handful of lawyers who are also certified in standardized field sobriety testing. We are prepared to put our training and knowledge in action to win your boating DWI or DUI (i.e. driving under the influence of drugs) charge in Manasquan, Brielle, Belmar, Sea Bright or Monmouth Beach. Give us if you have questions regarding driving while intoxicated or require representation because of a boat dwi. Our Red Bank Office is available 24/7 to assist you.
Elements of Boating DWI
There are three ways for an individual to be convicted of operating a boat while intoxicated under N.J.S.A. 12:7-46.
- Being Under the Influence of alcohol or drugs;
- Possessing a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or more; or
- Allowing another to operate your boat while they are under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or with a BAC of .08% or greater.
Penalties for Violating N.J.S.A. 12:7-46
For a first offense, a fine of between $250 and $400 must be imposed along with a mandatory boat license suspension of 12 months and driver’s license suspension for three (3) months. The fine ranges from $500 to $1,000 for a second offense, with a boat license suspension of two (2) years, motor vehicle license suspension of six (6) months, and mandatory jail of 2 to 90 days. Conviction for a third or subsequent offense carries a fine of $1,000, mandatory jail of 180 days, and a boating license suspension of ten (10) years and drivers license suspension of two (2) years.
Red Bank Boating DUI Lawyers
Life on the Jersey Shore includes plenty of opportunity to enjoy the water with boats and jet skies. These activities can include alcohol and drugs like marijuana and prescription medication. It is, however, illegal to operate a boat with a BAC of .08% or higher, or while you are under the influence of drugs. If you were arrested for operating a boat while intoxicated in Keyport, Union Beach, Highlands, Atlantic Highlands, or Oceanport, call our firm for experienced representation. An attorney that is familiar with all Monmouth County municipal courts and defending boat DWI cases is available to speak to you immediately. Do not hesitate to contact us as consultations with our lawyers are free of charge.