Minnesota’s Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) laws apply to people operating any motorized vehicle, which means that boats are subject to the laws as well. This means that it is illegal to operate a boat when your BAC is over .08. There are multiple degrees of boating DWI depending on a person’s pasts DWI convictions (whether on land or water) and whether the driver submits to chemical testing.
Regardless of the degree of your conviction, your boating and driver’s licenses will be suspended. Suspension lengths are at a minimum 30 days. The suspension of your license can be increased if you refuse to take a chemical test.
Other penalties include fines and prison time; in fact a felony conviction carries maximum penalties of a $14,000 fine and 7 years in prison, not something to take lightly.
Because of these serious consequences it is important to talk to the DWI attorneys at Groshek Law PA early to discuss your options and legal defenses when it comes to DWIs while operating a boat. Call 612-426-7047 or send us an email to get a confidential case evaluation.