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Operating vessel while under the influence of or impaired by alcohol and or drugs in Maryland, Lawyers, DUI, DWI, Drunk Boating

Have you been charged with operating vessel while under the influence of or impaird by alcohol and/or drugs in Maryland?

Contact the Law Offices of G. Randolph Rice, Jr., LLC, at 410-288-2900 to speak with an attorney that concentrates his practice in the areas of operating vessels and vehicles while under the influence or impaired by alcohol and or drug.

What is the penalty for operating a vessel while under the influence of or impaired by alcohol and/or drugs in Maryland?

Penalty for operating a vessel while under the influence of

alcohol in Maryland.

Operating a vessel while under the influence (Md. Natural Resources Code Ann. §8-738 (a)(1)) of alcohol in Maryland is defined as a misdemeanor.

A first conviction of operating a vessel while under the influence of alcohol carries a maximum penalty a fine of not more than $1,000.00 or imprisonment for not more than 1 year or both.

A second conviction of operating a vessel while under the influence of alcohol carries a maximum penalty a fine of not more than $2,000.00 or imprisonment for not more than 2 years or both.

A third or subsequent conviction of operating a vessel while under the influence of alcohol carries a maximum penalty a fine of not more than $3,000.00 or imprisonment for not more than 3 years or both.

Penalty for operating a vessel while impaired by alcohol in Maryland.

Operating a vessel while impaired (Md. Natural Resources Code Ann. §8-738 (a)(2)) by alcohol in Maryland is defined as a misdemeanor.

A first conviction of operating a vessel while impaired by alcohol carries a maximum penalty a fine of not more than $500.00 or imprisonment for not more than 60 days or both.

A second or subsequent conviction of operating a vessel while impaired by alcohol carries a maximum penalty a fine of not more than $1,000.00 or imprisonment for not more than 1 year or both.

Penalty for Operating a vessel while impaired by any drug, combination of drugs, or combination of one or more drugs and alcohol that the person cannot operate a vessel safely in Maryland.

Operating a vessel while impaired (Md. Natural Resources Code Ann. §8-738 (a)(3)) by any drug, combination of drugs, or combination of one or more drugs and alcohol that the person cannot operate a vessel safely in Maryland is defined as a misdemeanor.

A first conviction of operating a vessel while impaired by any drug, combination of drugs, or combination of one or more drugs and alcohol that the person cannot operate a vessel safely carries a maximum penalty a fine of not more than $500.00 or imprisonment for not more than 60 days or both.

A second or subsequent conviction of operating a vessel while impaired by any drug, combination of drugs, or combination of one or more drugs and alcohol that the person cannot operate a vessel safely carries a maximum penalty a fine of not more than $1,000.00 or imprisonment for not more than 1 year or both.

Penalty for operating a vessel while impaired by any controlled dangerous substance in Maryland.

Operating a vessel while impaired (Md. Natural Resources Code Ann. §8-738 (a)(4)) by any controlled dangerous substance (Controlled Dangerous Substances “CDS” defined in Criminal Law Article 5-101), unless the person is entitled to use the controlled dangerous substance under the laws of the State of Maryland is defined as a misdemeanor.

A first conviction of operating a vessel while impaired by any controlled dangerous substance carries a maximum penalty a fine of not more than $500.00 or imprisonment for not more than 60 days or both.

A second or subsequent conviction of operating a vessel while impaired by any controlled dangerous substance carries a maximum penalty a fine of not more than $1,000.00 or imprisonment for not more than 1 year or both.

Penalty for refusal of test or reading of test in Maryland while operating a vessel.

In addition to potential incarceration and fines, the Court may prohibit a person convicted of a violation of subsection (a)(1) (operating or attempt to operate a vessel while under the influence of alcohol) of this section from operating a vessel on the waters of the State for up to 1 year if the person:

(i) Refused to take a test, as defined in § 16-205.1 of the Transportation Article, when requested by a police officer under subsection (b)(3) of this section; or

(ii) Was tested and the result indicated an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more.

If you have been arrested and charged with operating a vessel while under the influence of while impaired by alcohol and /or drugs, contact the Law Offices of G. Randolph Rice, Jr., LLC, for the legal representation.  Contact the office at 410-288-2900 for immediate help.

Law Offices of G. Randolph Rice, Jr., LLC

6914 Holabird Avenue, Suite A

Baltimore, Maryland 21222

410-288-2900 (office)

410-288-2900 (fax)

RiceLawMD@gmail.com (email)

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