Operating a Watercraft Under the
ATTORNEY FOR MCHENRY COUNTY
625 Illinois Compiled Statutes 45/5-16
watercraft under the influence of alcohol, other drug or
drugs, intoxicating compound or compounds, or
McHenry and Lake Counties
are home to beautiful waterways and recreation areas. Many
enjoy sailing, power boating, fishing, skiing and “tubing”
on the Fox River and Chain o’ Lakes. Boaters will find
plentiful dining and entertainment establishments on the
lakes and river.
Illinois law prohibits operating a watercraft while under
the influence of alcohol or drugs.
By operating or being in
actual physical control of any watercraft on Illinois
waters, boaters have given “implied” consent to a chemical
test or tests of blood, breath or urine for the purpose of
determining the content of alcohol, other drug or drugs,
intoxicating compound or compounds, or combination thereof
in the person’s blood if arrested for operating a watercraft
under the influence. If you refuse to submit to testing then
you will lose your vessel operating privileges for a period
of two years.
Illinois law states that a
person is considered to be operating a watercraft under the
influence of alcohol or drugs if:
concentration in his or her blood or breath is 0.08 or
The person is under
the influence of alcohol, or
The person is under
the influence of any other drug or combination of drugs
and/or alcohol to a degree that renders him or her
incapable of safely operating the watercraft, or
The person has any
amount of a drug, substance, or compound in his or her
blood or urine resulting from the unlawful use or
consumption of cannabis, controlled substance, or
Illinois law establishes
the following penalties for operating under the influence (OUI):
A person convicted for
the first time of OUI may be imprisoned for up to 364
days, fined up to $2,500, and have watercraft operating
privileges suspended for up to two years.
Repeat offenders may
receive more severe penalties.
The penalty for OUI is upgraded to a Class 4 Felony if:
The operator has a previous Operating Under the
Influence (OUI) conviction, or
The offense results in serious personal injury, or
The offense occurred when the operator’s privileges to
operate a watercraft were revoked or suspended.
The penalty for OUI increases to a Class 2 Felony if the
offense results in the death of a person.
At Franks & Rechenberg, P.C., we can help if you have
been charged with the offense of OUI.
We can also help
with Careless or Reckless Operation citations,
Overloading citations and other operating violations.
Experience counts. Results matter.
FRANKS & RECHENBERG, P.C.
1301 Pyott Road, Suite 200
Lake in the Hills, IL 60156
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