N.C. Boating violations are harsh and Boating While Impaired (BWI) is a frequent charge on Lake Norman. While a misdemeanor that does not affect you driver’s license, a conviction will result in fines and costly insurance increases, and definitely affect your ability to get a job or credit. BWI charges can result from the use of any type of watercraft including jet skis, row boats, canoes, and even water-skis.
BWI charges differ from DWI charges in many ways. Unlike a DWI, an officer does not need to suspect the driver of doing anything illegal to stop a boat. You are not required to take breath or field sobriety tests. Further, Intoxilyzer tests are not given the same weight as DWI and may be susceptible to attack. A BWI attorney can make a big difference.
If you or someone you know has been charged with a BWI, contact the law offices of Benjamin R. Hardwick, PLLC at 704-277-1047 and speak to a North Carolina BWI lawyer and Charlotte criminal lawyer today.