A Boating Under the Influence Case Gets Dismissed
Recently in Key West, one of our clients was charged with Boating Under the Influence. He hadn't been boating erratically, but his top white light had slid down from the top of his vessel to one side. In addition, he really didn't have that much alcohol on board, but unfortunately, he had a joint of marijuana in his pocket. Marijuana is not considered a big deal these days. On the other hand, it doesn't help when a person is charged with Boating Under the Influence.
Part of a lawyer's job in cases like these is to make the prosecutor see that justice can be served without a conviction. In this case, we were able to persuade the State Attorney's Office in Key West that there just wasn't that much evidence that our client was impaired by alcohol OR marijuana. The State agreed to drop the BUI charge entirely, and to give our client a withheld adjudication on his marijuana possession charge. That means that there's no formal conviction.
Another happy client.
Practice area(s): DUI / DWI
Court: Monroe County Court