The legal definition of boating while intoxicated (BWI) is similar to that of driving while intoxicated (DWI), although the penalties are somewhat less severe. Boating with a BAC above .08 or with other drugs or controlled substances in the person’s system is considered boating while intoxicated. It is a Class B misdemeanor, and is punishable by at least 72 hours in jail.
Although it may seem like a relatively minor offense, a BWI conviction can have long-lasting repercussions. It can affect your criminal record, making it more difficult to find work, and it can damage your reputation overall. Having any kind of prior conviction can also create complications if you are accused or convicted of another crime down the road.
Boating While Intoxicated