Case No.: 05-013458MM10A, Broward County
Allegations: Operating his boat while under the influence to the extent that his normal faculties were impaired. The boat collided with a “day” marker after dark at the Hillsboro inlet and caused massive damage to the 35-foot SeaRay. He smelled of the odor of alcoholic beverage, had blood-shot eyes, swayed while he stood, and failed the roadside sobriety tests.
Results: Not Guilty….I was able to show the jury that it was necessary for my client to take control of the boat after the crash, regardless of his state of sobriety, while the actual driver (as testified to by all the officers involved) surveyed the damage to the boat and recovered from his initial shock.