Penalties for Operating Under the Influence
Those convicted of operating under the influence (OUI) are subject to the following penalties.
- The penalty for a first conviction of operating a vessel under the influence is imprisonment of no more than one year. A fine of $100 to $500 also may be added by the court. The penalty for a second or subsequent conviction is imprisonment of 90 days to one year and, at the court’s discretion, a fine of $100 to $500.
- A person under the age of 21 who submits to a breath or blood alcohol test and produces a test result of an alcohol concentration of 0.02% or greater but less than 0.08% will have their boating privileges suspended for 30 days. After a second occurrence, their boating privileges will be suspended for 90 days.
- In addition to other penalties, any person convicted of an alcohol violation will be required to complete a boater safety education course satisfactorily before operating any vessel.