Labor Day is quickly approaching and there’s no doubt that hundreds of Middle Georgians will spend the last hoorah of summer on the lake! If you’re boating with your friends and family, you may see a police presence on the water. They will be watching for any signs of boating under the influence (BUI). If they suspect you for BUI, they will likely board your boat, ask questions, and request a breathalyzer test. Here’s what you should do:

Utilize Your Right to Remain Silent

Many people know the legal phrase, “anything you say can and will be used against you in the court of law.” That goes into effect the moment the police officers start speaking to you! If they start asking you questions and you’re afraid you might incriminate yourself, you can politely tell them that you’d like to utilize your right to remain silent. Always be polite and accommodating to their requests, as obstructing an officer from completing their duties is a crime in itself.

Write Down What Happened

Memories fade over time so it’s vital that you write down what happened the day of the incident. If you can, record what you drank, how much you drank, who was there, what the police officer said to you, what you said back – anything that contributes to this case. If possible, ask other witnesses of the event to write down what happened from their perspective. This can strengthen your case or bring to light different aspects of the event.

Contact a BUI Attorney

Getting arrested for a BUI can cause serious consequences such as license revocation, costly fines, jail time, community service, and more. Because a BUI arrest falls under criminal law, you need an attorney who is adept and experienced in this legal area. The Bushway & Waystack attorneys will investigate your case and fight zealously for you.

Do you have questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us today.