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Officer testing for sobriety
By operating a vessel on New Hampshire waters, you have consented to a sobriety test if requested by a law enforcement officer. Refusal to be tested is a separate offense and may be offered as evidence in a civil or criminal action.

New Hampshire law establishes the following penalties.

  • Persons convicted of boating under the influence will:
    • Lose the privilege to operate a vessel for at least one year.
    • Have the BWI conviction become part of their motor vehicle driving record.
    • Receive a fine.
    • Have their driver’s license or privilege to drive a motor vehicle revoked for not less than nine months, not to exceed two years.
  • If convicted of boating under the influence while transporting a person under 16 years of age, the operator must complete a seven-day residential intervention program at their own expense, in addition to the penalties above.
  • Any person convicted of a subsequent offense—BWI or DWI—faces enhanced penalties.
  • If a person boating under the influence causes the death of another person, he or she may be charged with a felony.