Lake Murray: Boating Under The Influence
If you’re from South Carolina, you know how much fun it is to go out on a boat during the 4th of July and have a cold one (or two). But, if you are boating or sailing and are intoxicated, you’re breaking the law. While the SC Department of Natural Resources doesn’t list the boating and alcohol laws amongst the boating regulations, you can be arrested for: boating, sailing, or simply being in control of your own boat while you’re under the influence.
You should also know that you are subjected to the same implied consent (blowing into a breathalyzer) as if you were drinking and driving on the road. Simply by operating a boat, shows your consent to submit to a chemical test to determine your BAC. You need an experienced South Carolina boating under the influence attorney to help you navigate the rough waters of these convoluted South Carolina rules and laws.
Penalties for Boating Under the Influence in South Carolina include:
- Jail time;
- Alcohol education programs, such as ADSAP;
- Community service;
- Job loss; and
- Suspension from operating a water vehicle for up to 2 years.
What About One Beer?
If you are boating and you have the BAC of .08 or more, you’re considered intoxicated under SC Law. Moreover, boaters or sailors who have the BAC between .05-.08 may also be convicted for boating under the influence if you’re deemed intoxicated based on other tests (i.e.: field sobriety tests).
Being charged with boating under the influence carries the same charges and penalties as DUI’s.
Please reach out to a boating under the influence attorney as soon as possible to help protect your rights.