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Information on DUI and BUI Charges in the state of Florida
If you have been arrested and charged with DUI (driving under the influence) or BUI (boating under the influence) in the state of Florida there is important information that can help you with your legal defense. Having the services of a knowledgeable Tampa criminal defense lawyer to assist you can make a profound difference in the outcome of your case.
Boating under the influence is a serious charge in the state of Florida which leads the nation in boating fatalities. A conviction of a BUI charge can bring harsh penalties including incarceration, fines, alcohol treatment, impounding of boat and license suspensions. A BUI enforcement officer may stop a boat to do random inspections for safety requirements, registration and/or equipment checks. They may also stop a boat if they have probable cause to believe a violation of law is taking place, or if the boat is speeding. If they determine that the operator of the boat is impaired due to alcohol or drugs the operator of the boat may be required to submit to testing, as in a DUI stop.
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