CAN YOU BE TOO DRUNK TO FISH?
No, but you can be too drunk to operate a boat. In Maryland the law regarding drinking and boating is very similar to drinking and driving. One may not operate a “vessel” while:
(1) Under the influence of alcohol;
(2) Impaired by alcohol;
(3) Impaired by any drug, combination of drugs or combination of drugs and alcohol; or
(4) Impaired by any controlled dangerous substance (illegal drugs).
The penalties for a violation can be as high as one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. There may be a loss of boating privilege for up to one year if there is a blood alcohol level of .08 or more, or if there is a refusal to take a breath test.
Our firm has experience in these cases and had BUI case dismissed this past month. Give Salvatore & Morton a call for assistance if you receive boating or other charges from the Department of Natural Resources police.