While getting out on the open water and having a few, you might have the bad luck to run into law enforcement, who then gives you a ticket for Boating Under the Influence (BUI). You know that operating a motor vehicle while drunk can get your license suspended. Your boat also has a motor…. so you might be wondering does Boating Under the Influence go on your driving record? This would be a good question to ask.
The answer to the question (Does Boating under the Influence go on your Driving Record?) is no, a boating under the influence charge does not impact your driver’s license, and so a Boating Under the Influence conviction would not appear on your driving record. This is because Boating Under the Influence is governed by a completely different section of the Maine Statutes. While Motor Vehicles and driving records are governed by one part of the statute, boats are governed under a completely different section of the law.
However, a conviction for Boating Under the Influence will appear on your permanent criminal record, and although it does not require a mandatory suspension of your driver’s license, as with a DUI, there still can be mandatory jail time.
Regardless whether you are facing an OUI in a typical motor vehicle or a Boating Under the Influence (BUI) on the water, you want a dedicated legal team to take positive action in your case. If you or someone you know is facing BUI in Maine, I encourage you to contact The Nielsen Group for your free legal consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney. We will take the time to answer your questions and to put your mind at ease as we work with you to determine a defense strategy.
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