Boating Under the Influence in New Jersey
Atlantic and Cape May County Boating DWI Defense Attorney
In New Jersey, it is illegal to operate a boat under the influence of alcohol. If you have been charged with boating while intoxicated (BWI), you could be facing serious consequences, including loss of your driver’s license and boating license, fines, mandatory alcohol classes and possibly even a prison sentence.
I am John W. Tumelty, a Jersey Shore BWI defense lawyer with 30 years of criminal and traffic law experience. I defend clients from Ocean County to Cape May, including the Atlantic City area, against charges of boating while intoxicated. For a free consultation to discuss your options, contact me today at 609-390-4600.
What Evidence Do the Prosecutors Need to Convict You?
In New Jersey, the legal definition of boating while intoxicated is very similar to driving while intoxicated. In fact, BWI is often referred to as boating DWI. Prosecutors can establish that you were intoxicated based on breath test results or personal observations by police officers.
You can be charged with BWI in New Jersey if you are accused of operating a boat while intoxicated off the Atlantic Coast or in any of the state’s bays or rivers.
I regularly defend both South Jersey residents and visitors against BWI charges. Even if you are a resident of another state, you can still receive serious penalties for a New Jersey BWI conviction. You need a local attorney who is familiar with the local courts and prosecutors.
I am a former prosecutor and have been named a New Jersey Supreme Court-certified criminal trial attorney. If you have been charged with boating while intoxicated, don’t hesitate to call me at 609-390-4600 to discuss what I can do to aggressively defend you against the charges.