Boating While Intoxicated (BWI)Definition

In Texas, a person commits the offense of Boating While Intoxicated if:

  1. the person is intoxicated while operating a watercraft.

* “Watercraft” is defined as a vessel, one or more waterskis, an aquaplane, or another device used for transporting or carrying a person on water, other than a device propelled only by the current of water.

A BWI offense is a Class B misdemeanor, with a punishment range of the following:

  • Confinement for a term of up to 180 days in county jail
  • A fine not to exceed $2,000
  • Driver’s license suspension

What Does This Mean

This means that a person can be charged with BWI for operating a jet ski, wakeboarding, or even tubing behind a boat if an officer suspects the person is intoxicated. A day on the lake and alcoholic beverages often go hand-in-hand, but it is extremely important to be cautious in your activities if you choose to drink while on the water.

Take Action

A BWI in Texas is a very serious offense, with potentially devastating consequences, both financially and professionally. Much like a DWI (which is also a Class B misdemeanor), it will often become nearly impossible to find a good job or get into a good college with a BWI conviction on your record.

A charge of BWI should be taken very seriously and dealt with by an attorney who believes the same. At Ross Law Offices, we have specific experience in dealing with the charge of Boating While Intoxicated. Our attorneys are boat owners themselves, and know how easy it is to be charged with this offense. When you retain Ross Law Offices, we will work with passionate aggression to provide you with the most effective representation possible. Call us today to set up a free consultation.