Roanoke BUI Defense Lawyer

Many residents and visitors to Virginia enjoy the outdoor activities the state has to offer, including boating and the beaches of recreation areas like Smith Mountain Lake. The state's strict DUI/DWI laws carry over to boating. Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and State Police patrol these recreation areas, particularly on busy weekends and are fully prepared to charge individuals with boating under the influence (BUI). Roanoke attorney Robert F. Rider has extensive experience defending boaters against BUI charges. Many of the strategies that Mr. Rider employs to successfully defend motorists against DUI charges can be used in BUI cases as well. Mr. Rider, the founding attorney of Robert F. Rider PLC, has been defending individuals against a wide variety of criminal charges for more than 30 years. In Virginia, it is unlawful for anyone to operate a boat while intoxicated due to alcohol or any combination of alcohol and a controlled substance. Like a DUI, the BUI limit is .08 blood alcohol content, and the potential penalties are the same if convicted:

  • A fine up to $2,500
  • A prison sentence up to 12 months
  • Loss of the privilege of your boating license for up to three years
  • A requirement to attend a Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program

Any person refusing to submit to testing for the presence of alcohol, drugs or other intoxicating substances may lose his or her privilege to operate a boat for up to 24 months.

Southwestern Virginia Attorney For Boating Under The Influence Cases

Mr. Rider will carefully review the facts of your arrest, including the reason you were stopped by authorities, to make sure none of your constitutional rights were violated. He will attack inconsistencies in the arrest report and determine if the prosecution can prove its case. Mr. Rider has established himself as an effective negotiator in municipal and state courts throughout Virginia. When it is in the best interest of his clients, he works to get the charges reduced. If you have questions for a Roanoke BUI defense attorney, call 540-685-0075 or email the firm to schedule a free initial consultation. Mr. Rider can answer your questions and you can determine if he is the lawyer you want to represent you against BUI or any other charges.