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Call if you've been charged with boating under the influence in North Charleston, SC

Boating is a popular pastime in the North Charleston, SC area. Many people enjoy partaking of alcoholic beverages while they boat. In some cases, this can lead to you being charged with boating under the influence (BUI). You may be feeling frustrated and overwhelmed, but Michael S. O'Neal Attorney at Law is here to help.

Get represented by an experienced criminal lawyer. Call today to schedule an appointment. He'll do everything he can to get your charges reduced or dismissed.

Attorney O'Neal will work hard to help you get the best outcome possible

Attorney O'Neal will work hard to help you get the best outcome possible

A boating under the influence conviction can carry serious consequences. Below are the most common variations of BUI and the resulting consequences:

  • BUI 1st: imprisonment of 48 hours up to 30 days or a fine or community service; boating privileges suspended for six months; requirement to complete the Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program (ADSAP) and a boating safety course
  • BUI 2nd: imprisonment of 48 hours up to one year and a fine of up to $5,000; boating privileges suspended for one year; requirement to complete ADSAP and a boating safety course
  • BUI 3rd: imprisonment of 60 days up to three years and a fine of $3,500 up to $6,000; boating privileges suspended for two years; requirement to complete ADSAP and a boating safety course
  • Felony BUI causing great bodily injury: imprisonment of up to 15 years and a fine of $5,000 up to $10,000
  • Felony BUI causing death: imprisonment of one year up to 25 years and a fine of $10,000 up to $20,000; boating privileges suspended for three years upon release


  • As a dedicated criminal lawyer, attorney O'Neal will work hard to help you get a favorable outcome. Reach out today to set up a consultation.