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Boating While Intoxicated in Austin – Travis County BWI Charge

Boating While Intoxicated in Austin – Travis County BWI Charge

If you have been charged with a boating while intoxicated charge in Austin, Texas, our criminal attorney can assist you. A BWI charge in Austin is a serious offense and can have an effect on a person’s personal, social and work life. However, many people are unaware that you can be charged for being intoxicated on a boat in the state of Texas. This means that if you are drinking alcohol while you are operating a Yacht, speed boat, jet ski or even a sailboat without a motor, you can be charged with a BWI. As an Austinite it is important to know these details since many of those that live in Austin enjoy the rivers of Austin in their down time. 

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Penalties for a BWI (Boating While Intoxicated) in Austin & Travis County

Texas law states the following about penalties for boating while you are intoxicated.

  • The first charge carries a fine of up to $2,000 and/or jail time of up to 180 days.
  • The second charge carries a fine of up to $4,000 and/or jail time of up to one year.
  • The third charge carries a fine of up to $10,000 and/or jail time of 2–10 years.

Texas has severe penalties for those that drink and operate boats and the charges are similar to those of a DWI charge in Austin. There are over 580,000 boats registered in the state of Texas and according to BoatUS, 50% of all boating accidents are related to alcohol. 

Below you’ll find some Texas Boating Statistics. 

Texas Boating-Related Statistics

Year

(Calendar)

#Registered

Boats

Boating Accidents Injuries Fatalities BWI
2013 582,478 206 85 22 209
2012 587,470 156 84 26 310
2011 590,704 197 119 30 259
2010 605,332 171 138 29 318
2009 594,698 211 138 45 222
2008 594,446 278 173 62 238
2007 593,446 266 181 52 190
2006 597,830 261 165 47 230
2005 619,150 213 100 36 284
2004 620,720 212 146 36 278
2003 624,186 265 175 38 194
2002 620,740 251 147 61 203
2001 630,688 242 191 41 224
2000 617,616 257 173 55 222
1999 614,211 262 186 51 157
1998 613,378 252 187 53 188
1997 606,178 258 222 69 167

 

Contact Us If You’ve Been Charged with BWI (Boating While Intoxicated) In Austin or Travis County Texas

bwi austin texas & travis countyOur BWI lawyer in Austin is here to assist you. If you have been charged with a BWI, do not wait, email us or give us a call today for a free consultation. Our criminal attorney is experienced and will give your case the time and attention it deserves.