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Boating Under the Influence or DUI Boating in Las Vegas

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In Nevada, the crime of driving under the influence does not only cover motor vehicles like cars or motorcycles, it also covers other vehicles like boats and aircraft as well. We’ll discuss the particulars of DUI Boating in Las Vegas in this article.

Why can I be charged with DUI Boating or BUI?

You may wonder why Las Vegas DUI Boating or BUI (Boating under the influence) is a crime because you may think that water and boats are a lot less dangerous compared to driving on the road. This is false however, as water and boats are hazardous in their own ways:

Which watercraft is prohibited under BUI?

According to NRS 488, it is unlawful to “operate or be in actual physical control of a vessel under power or sail on the waters of this State”, which means that taking control of any watercraft powered by motors is liable for Las Vegas boating DUI charge. This also includes other vehicles like water skis and even surfboards.

What are the penalties of BUI?

Boating under the influence carries the same charges and penalties as DUI, although most of these cases will be charged as misdemeanors. However, if the incident resulted in serious injury or death, your BUI may be classified as a felony.

Misdemeanor BUI

Category B Felony BUI (Already convicted with BUI causing death or injury)

Category B Felony BUI (BUI causing death or injury)

Category A Felony BUI (homicide by vessel)

Can I lose my driver’s license because of BUI?

Nevada Boating License is not required on the state, thus receiving a BUI charge will not cause you to lose your driver’s license.

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