Des Moines Attorney Handling Boating OWIS
If you are caught operating a boat while over the legal driving limit, an enjoyable afternoon on the lake with family and friends can result in an OWI and thousands of dollars in fines. It could also cause you to be barred from operating a boat or watercraft, including Jet Skis, Sea-Doos or WaveRunners, for a set amount of time.
Knowledgeable Boating OWI Attorney Providing Aggressive Defense
I am attorney Joseph Vogel, and I represent individuals throughout central Iowa and Des Moines who are facing the possibility of a boating OWI conviction.
Iowa law has strict penalties for individuals found operating a motorized boat or watercraft while over the legal driving limit of .08. First-time convictions can result in a $1,000 fine and up to 48 hours in jail. Any boating OWI convictions after that result in even higher fines – up to $7,500 – significant jail time and the possibility of a felony conviction on your record. Even though you will not lose your driver’s license for cars or other vehicles, it is important that you work with an experienced DUI defense lawyer to ensure that you are protected from the costly penalties associated with a boating OWI.
It is important that you know your rights when you are stopped and tested on suspicions of OWI. You do not have to make any statements to the police without representation. While you should be courteous, you should be careful not to say anything that could possibly implicate you.
After the arrest, I will work with you to fight the charges, analyzing the reasons for which the police stopped your boat and tested you, as well as the testing methods used to arrest you. If your rights were violated in any way, I will fight to have that evidence thrown out.