When operating a boat on Canyon Lake it is good to be familiar with the state and local laws. Having alcohol on the lake can be really fun. There are certain roles where alcohol is frowned upon after a certain number of drinks. Driving a boat or any motorized water craft subjects the driver to BWI or Boating While Intoxicated accusations.
Being over .08 BAC while operating a boat on Canyon Lake can be a problem. It can lead to having to do field sobriety tests on a rocking boat and a breath or blood test to determine blood alcohol content.
If the need for a Comal County DWI Lawyer arises take a look at an our web page as well http://erictorberson.com/comal-county-criminal-lawyer.
Can I have Alcohol on Canyon Lake?
It is allowable to have alcohol in the boat on Canyon Lake. The open container law applies to cars but not boats.
What Can Happen Driving a Boat Drunk?
If a boat operator is proven to have been driving a boat intoxicated the punishment is the same as a DWI. Below are the punishments for the different BWI charges.
|Max Jail Time
|BWI First Offense
|BWI Second Offense
|BWI Third Offense
The above negotiable punishments do not include the September 1, 2019 law changes that created expensive state issued fines on top of the county fines listed above.
In the Texas Transportation Code Chapter 709 the following new nonnegotiable additional miscellaneous traffic fines exist where there used to only be significantly less surcharge costs-
|DWI or BWI Conviction Level
|First Conviction within 36 month period
|Second or Subsequent Conviction within 36 month period
|First or Subsequent Conviction with .15 BAC or Higher
The above state fines are not negotiable and are mandatory for a DWI final conviction. Once again these are in addition to the county assessed fines that take place in court where there is a conviction.