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Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg Jets defenseman, was arrested for boating under the influence (BUI)

According to the Associated Press, Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg Jets defenseman, was arrested for boating under the influence of alcohol in Minnesota late Wednesday evening. The Hennepin County jail booked Byfuglien around 11 p.m. but did not formally charge him. He was released early Thursday morning. Byfuglien played for the 2010 Chicago Blackhawk team, helping them win the Stanley Cup championship, but was later traded to the Atlanta Thrashers. He has played in 341 NHL games to date, scoring 75 goals and 87 assists. Last year when he played with the Chicago Blackhawks he scored 20 goals and had 33 assists in 81 games.

Boating BUI Laws

Just like DUI laws, states have created BUI (boating under the influence) statutes to protect boaters and boating passengers. State laws vary, but states generally allow law enforcement officers to stop boaters if they think that they are intoxicated and are unable to safely operate their boat. Boating under the influence has very serious consequences and BUI penalties can include criminal charges, jail time, heavy monetary fines, revocation of a boating license, and high insurance rates. A variety of factors can affect a boat operator’s ability to safely operate their boat on the water. Unlike drinking and operating a motorized vehicle, boat operators will have to contend with a variety of other factors such as sun, wind, loud noises and other boats. The United States Coast guard claims that if alcohol is a factor in a boating accident the fatality rate can increase substantially. So how does the state prove you were operating a boat under the influence of alcohol? Like DUI laws, many states allow for a per se BUI charge if the driver is operating a boat with a 0.08% or higher BAC or blood alcohol concentration. Many states also have per se BUI laws for minors, which means a minor can face an automatic BUI charge if they operate a boat with any alcohol in their system.

Hiring a Attorney for a BUI

If you have been arrested for boating under the influence (BUI), it is time to talk to a lawyer. For more information about DUI fill out the FREE case evaluation form and a DUI advocate will contact you to discuss the facts of your case. Visit our website at http://www.duiattorneyhome.com or call our 24/7 DUI Help Line at 1- 866-228-3201.