Tag: Boating

Boating Privileges Saved

Appanoose County, Iowa- A GRL Law client was charged with Boating While Intoxicated (BWI), Second Offense. A conviction for BWI 2nd offense results in a minimum fine of $1,000, seven days in county jail, completing a substance abuse evaluation and completing all recommended treatment, and a loss of the person’s boating privileges for two years.  Mr. Gangestad and the county attorney were able to successfully negotiate a non-BWI resolution, with the client paying a $200 fine.  Jail time was avoided and the client’s boating privileges were spared.

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What to do if Suspected of Boating While Intoxicated in Iowa

The answer to this question is simple.  Nothing!  Invoke GRL Law’s trademarked phrase – Shut up, wise up, lawyer up.  Do not say anything, do not do anything, talk to a lawyer first. You cannot be required to answer questions.  You cannot be required to perform the boating field sobriety testing – referred to by law enforcement as the seated field sobriety tests (Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus, Finger to Nose, Palm Pat). Most importantly, you cannot lose your motor vehicle driving privileges if you decline to submit to a breath test, urine test or blood test.   GRL Law has previously explained the […]

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