In North Carolina, operating a boat under the influence of an impairing substance is just as serious an offense as a “DWI”. Under North Carolina law, law enforcement officers have the authority to stop you while you are on the water and ask you to perform field sobriety tests—much like on the roadways. Also much like a DWI, a BWI can have an enormous impact on your life. If you have been charged with Boating While Intoxicated, do not hesitate to contact Arnold & Smith, PLLC today to start building your defense.
BWI’s present interesting legal issues that require experienced legal counsel. Although the penalties may be similar, a BWI is a separate and distinct charge from a DWI. One major distinction is that, contrary to DWI law, refusing a breathalyzer at a BWI stop does not cause your driver’s license to be suspended for one year. BWI’s are particularly susceptible to attacks on the justification for the stop, probable cause for arrest, and challenges to an officer’s jurisdiction to stop a boater. However, the state of North Carolina takes all drinking and driving offenses very seriously.
At Arnold & Smith, PLLC our attorneys will work with you to analyze your unique circumstances and craft a powerful defense tailored to your needs. So do not hesitate: contact Arnold & Smith, PLLC today and let our attorneys fight for your freedom.