Consequences of Boating While Intoxicated Convictions

With some of the most extensive waterways of any state, Texas’ waterways are a popular destination for residents and non-residents alike. As such, many people take to various watercraft to enjoy their time on the water. While the consumption of alcohol aboard a boat is legal, the person operating the boat is bound by the same legal restrictions that limit the blood alcohol content of drivers.

As such, there are legal consequences for those who operate a boat while legally intoxicated. A conviction on boating while intoxicated charges can result in substantial fines, possible jail time, and/or the loss of your driver’s license. Additionally, the consequences become harsher for repeat offenses.

Boating While Intoxicated Penalties

When boating in Texas, by simply being on a waterway you have already consented to allowing law enforcement to board your vessel and search you and your property. In other words, law enforcement needs no probable cause to test your blood alcohol content. Conviction on BUI charges carry serious consequences that only intensify with additional convictions. In Texas, the consequences are as follows:

  • A maximum $2,000 fine and/or 180 days of jail time for first convictions
  • A maximum $4,000 fine and /or one year of jail time for a second conviction
  • A maximum $10,000 fine and/or 2-10 years of jail time for a third conviction
  • Additionally, if your vessel has an engine with over 50 horsepower, your license will be automatically revoked.

Fortunately, experienced legal representation can help to mitigate, if not eliminate, BUI charges and their resulting consequences.

Contact a San Antonio Boating While Intoxicated Lawyer Today

If you are facing BUI charges in San Antonio, the legal team at can help. To speak with one of our experienced lawyers today, please call (210) 698-3533.