Written by attorney Jonathan Andrew Paul

Michigan Boating While Intoxicated or Impaired - DUI Attorney

Boating while Intoxicated in Michigan - what are the penalties and consequences? 8/16/2017

In Michigan, most people are very familiar with drunk driving with a car, but during the summer time, many people are arrested while operating a boat under the influence. Some of the penalties and consequences are similar, but many are unique to the charge.

The prosecutor must show operation of the boat and one of the following three elements:

  • Operating a motorboat while a person’s ability to safely do so is visibly impaired due to alcohol or controlled substance consumption

  • Operating a motorboat while having a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or more

  • Operating a motorboat while having any amount of a Schedule 1 controlled substance in their system

If convicted, you can face up to 93 days in jail, a fine, probation, community service and counseling or therapy. The unique aspect of boating vs operating a car is the boating offense does not impact your driver's license, but it could impact your ability to operate a boat in the future.

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