Tallahassee BUI Defense Attorneys


If you have been charged with Boating Under the Influence (BUI) it is important to consult an experienced Tallahassee criminal defense attorney immediately. Florida laws against boating while impaired by alcohol or other drugs are serious and as stringent as those for driving a motor vehicle while impaired. YOU HAVE TOO MUCH AT STAKE not to trust your defense to an experienced and serious attorney.

At Brooks, LeBoeuf, Foster, Gwartney, Leace & Hobbs, P.A. we know the challenges and dilemmas the accused face as they confront these charges. Our firm has more than 100 years of combined experience and is ready to ensure that your rights and interests are protected throughout every stage of your case.

It is possible to face your BUI charge with confidence. Contact our offices today to request a free case evaluation with our team.


Under Florida law, BUI arrests can happen when blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.08% or higher or if law enforcement believes that your normal faculties are impaired due to intoxication. For any person under 21 years of age, the legal limit is 0.02%.

A law enforcement officer is entitled to stop any vessel for the purpose of checking for compliance with boating safety equipment requirements and can require that any boat deemed unsafe or a hazard to public safety be removed from the water.

On the water, “law enforcement” agencies include:

  • The Coast Guard
  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers
  • Sheriff’s Deputies
  • Any other law enforcement officer authorized to enforce boating laws

Law enforcement also has the right to conduct a stop of the boat for the purpose of investigating whether or not the operator of a boat is under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. They have the authority to ask the operator of a boat to complete sobriety exercises, breathalyzer tests, or chemical tests of blood or urine.


There are many factors that can contribute to a BUI case. The Tallahassee BUI defense lawyers at Brooks, LeBoeuf, Foster, Gwartney, Leace & Hobbs, P.A. can assist you in determining which factors apply or do not apply in your specific situation. Contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at Brooks, LeBoeuf, Foster, Gwartney, Leace & Hobbs, P.A. today to schedule your free consultation. Our attorneys are happy to help you determine what solutions are available to provide you with the best defense possible in your case.

We’re ready to help you mount a thorough and considered defense against these allegations. Call us at (850) 222-2000 today to learn more.

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