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RobertRobert Posts: 42 Deckhand
I was fishing on a lake with a friend. Orange County Sheriff can up and done a safety check. They said that the fines were civil and would not show on a driving record. I asked about a BUI and they said as long as you don't have a wreak and hurt someone if you get caught over the limit it is only a civil fine and would not affect your insurance or drivers license. Is that different in each county or with FWC? I had always thought if you got a BUI they took your drivers license the same as a DUI.


  • RobertRobert Posts: 42 Deckhand
    To clarify no one on the boat was drinking. The officers were nice and we were just chatting and BUI came up.
  • Lobstercatcher229Lobstercatcher229 Posts: 4,845 Captain
    If you do have a wreck you could be in deep trouble! Someone killed his wife in a boating accident a year or so ago and is facing possible jail time.
  • Mako254Mako254 Posts: 64 Deckhand
    BUI is a crime in Florida, just like DUI. The elements of both cases are very similar:

    327.35 Boating under the influence; penalties; “designated drivers”.—(1) A person is guilty of the offense of boating under the influence and is subject to punishment as provided in subsection (2) if the person is operating a vessel within this state and:
    (a) The person is under the influence of alcoholic beverages, any chemical substance set forth in s. 877.111, or any substance controlled under chapter 893, when affected to the extent that the person’s normal faculties are impaired;
    (b) The person has a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 or more grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood; or
    (c) The person has a breath-alcohol level of 0.08 or more grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath.

    It is true that a BUI arrest generally does not impact your priviledge to drive a car. However, it does count towards your "three strikes". A third conviction for either BUI, DUI, or any combination of the two, and any susequent convictions, become felonies, rather than misdemeanors. The law has nothing to do with insurance rates, thats between you and your insurance company.
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