Texas BWI Laws

It is often difficult to spend time outside in the hot Texas summers. However, there are ways to enjoy the sun and the heat, such as spending time on a boat and swimming in the cool lake waters. At the same time, many people drink alcoholic beverages on boats. While this is legal in the state of Texas, it does not mean that boat operators are allowed to do as they please. Boat operators are expected to stay under the legal limit of blood alcohol content.

Unfortunately, sometimes a boater can be wrongfully charged with boating while intoxicated, or BWI. However, you do not have to accept these consequences without a fight. Contact the Dallas BWI defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter today at (214) 845-7007 for a free consultation regarding your rights. .

Consequences for Texas BWIs

DWIs and BWIs are treated very similarly in the state of Texas. Both crimes involve operating the equipment with a blood alcohol content (BAC) above .08, and penalties increase based on the number offenses, the individual’s BAC, and whether an accident was caused.

In Texas, a person’s first BWI conviction is considered a class B misdemeanor. The second arrest will typically be increased to a class A misdemeanor. If convicted, punishments for the crime may include driver’s license suspension, heavy fines, and the possibility of jail time.

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If you have been arrested for a BWI, it is time to build a defense case that can possibly overturn your charge or reduce your sentence. You do not have to accept the worst, and the experienced Dallas BWI lawyers at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter can help. Contact us today at (214) 845-7007.

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