As summer approaches, many Texans are eagerly anticipating spending time on the water, enjoying activities such as boating, jet skiing, and tubing. However, it is important to remember that the same laws that apply on the road also apply on the water. This includes laws relating to driving while intoxicated (DWI).
One question that often arises is whether it is possible to get a DWI on a jet ski in Texas. The answer is yes, you can be arrested and charged with DWI in Texas for operating a jet ski while intoxicated.
Under Texas law, a person can be charged with a DWI if they are operating a motor vehicle in a public place while intoxicated. This includes not only cars and trucks, but also boats and other watercraft, including jet skis.
In fact, the Texas Penal Code specifically defines a watercraft as a "vessel, one or more water skis, an aquaplane, or another device used for transporting or carrying a person on water, other than a device propelled only by the current of water."
This means that if you are operating a jet ski while under the influence of drugs or alcohol and you are in a public place, such as a lake or river, you could be arrested and charged with a DWI.
If you are under the age of 21, the law states that any detectible amount of alcohol can result in a driving under the influence arrest. That means that even a single beer or shot of alcohol can get you there.
The penalties for a DWI on a jet ski in Texas are the same as for a DWI in a car or truck. A first-time DWI offense can result in up to six months in jail, a fine of up to $2,000, and a license suspension of up to one year. Subsequent offenses can result in even harsher penalties, including longer jail sentences and larger fines.
If you are arrested and charged with a DWI on a jet ski in Texas, it is important to seek the help of an experienced DWI defense attorney as soon as possible. A skilled attorney can help you understand your rights and options and work to build a strong defense on your behalf.
In conclusion, it is possible to get a DWI on a jet ski in Texas. If you plan to enjoy water sports this summer, make sure to do so safely and responsibly, and never operate a watercraft while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you do find yourself facing DWI charges, contact a knowledgeable attorney to help protect your rights and future.
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