Penalties for Operating Under the Influence
Tennessee law establishes the following penalties.
- Those convicted of boating under the influence are subject to a fine of up to $2,500 upon a first or second offense, and up to $5,000 for the third offense.
- In addition, those convicted of BUI may receive a jail sentence of up to one year (with mandatory probation) and lose operating privileges for one to ten years.
- Federal penalties also may be imposed.
By operating a vessel on Tennessee 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 result in loss of operating privileges for up to six months.