BUI – Boating Under the Influence

If you were cited for boating or operating a watercraft under the influence of alcohol or drugs, please call for a free consultation. Facts about Delaware boating under the influence:

  • BUI cases are usually prosecuted by the Delaware Division of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC).
  • DNREC organizes DUI checkpoints on the water, just like the State Police do on the roadways (google “operation dry water” sometime and check it out).
  • The Boating Under the Influence laws are found at Title 23, Chapter 23 of the Delaware Code.
  • The blood alcohol limit for boating is the same as for alcohol — .08.
  • The penalties differ from regular DUI. A first offense BUI conviction carries a prison sentence of sixty days to six months, and a fine of $200 to $1000. A second BUI conviction within five years of the first carries a jail term of a mandatory minimum of 60 days up to eighteen months, and a fine of $500 to $2,000. A third offense BUI is a felony. We don’t think anyone has ever managed to get a third BUI in Delaware before. If you do, call us and we’ll give you more information.

BUI – Boating Under the Influence

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