In North Texas communities near large lakes, boating while intoxicated is a serious offense. Attorney Richard C. McConathy discusses the process of dealing with a BWI in Dallas County.
In north Texas, we’re landlocked. There’s not a lot of oceans around here obviously, but we do have two large lakes; Lake Texoma and Lake Louisville. Lake Louisville has the distasteful name of lake death. But one of the reasons it’s called that is because of the large amount of alcohol use on that lake while boating. Now, boating while intoxicated is considered to be a public safety issue, so the legislature has carved out a little special exception to allow them to get on your boat. How do they do that? Well it’s called the game warden. He’s going to roll up right next to you and he’s going to say to you “I need to conduct a safety check”. He is entitled under Texas law without probable cause to get onto your boat if he sees any safety violations, or what he considers to be poaching a fish. If he gets on there, then he can say “would you like to come back in to dock with me?” And conveniently there will be waiting a police officer to conduct a field sobriety test on you. If you find yourself charged in any of those communities, be sure to call our office. Our office has over 16 years of experience in handling these local communities. We know the special circumstances with the prosecutor and the court, and specifically how to defend a BWI.