1.  A person commits the offense of boating with excessive blood alcohol content if he or she operates a vessel while having eight-hundredths of one percent or more by weight of alcohol in his or her blood.

 2.  As used in this section, percent by weight of alcohol in the blood shall be based upon grams of alcohol per one hundred milliliters of blood or two hundred ten liters of breath and may be shown by chemical analysis of the person’s blood, breath, saliva or urine.  For the purposes of determining the alcoholic content of a person’s blood under this section, the test shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of sections 577.020 to 577.041.

Terms Used In Missouri Laws 577.014

  • Aggravated boating offender: a person who has been found guilty of:

     (a)  Three or more intoxication-related boating offenses. See Missouri Laws 577.001

  • Chronic boating offender: a person who has been found guilty of:

     (a)  Four or more intoxication-related boating offenses. See Missouri Laws 577.001

  • Continuous alcohol monitoring: automatically testing breath, blood, or transdermal alcohol concentration levels and tampering attempts at least once every hour, regardless of the location of the person who is being monitored, and regularly transmitting the data. See Missouri Laws 577.001
  • Court: any circuit, associate circuit, or municipal court, including traffic court, but not any juvenile court or treatment court. See Missouri Laws 577.001
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Docket: A log containing brief entries of court proceedings.
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • Habitual boating offender: a person who has been found guilty of:

     (a)  Five or more intoxication-related boating offenses. See Missouri Laws 577.001

  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • Persistent boating offender: a person who has been found guilty of:

     (a)  Two or more intoxication-related boating offenses committed on separate occasions. See Missouri Laws 577.001

  • person: may extend and be applied to bodies politic and corporate, and to partnerships and other unincorporated associations. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Prior boating offender: a person who has been found guilty of one intoxication-related boating offense, where such prior offense occurred within five years of the occurrence of the intoxication-related boating offense for which the person is charged. See Missouri Laws 577.001
  • Probation: A sentencing alternative to imprisonment in which the court releases convicted defendants under supervision as long as certain conditions are observed.

 3.  The offense of boating with excessive blood alcohol content is:

 (1)  A class B misdemeanor;

 (2)  A class A misdemeanor if the defendant is alleged and proved to be a prior boating offender;

 (3)  A class E felony if the defendant is alleged and proved to be a persistent boating offender;

 (4)  A class D felony if the defendant is alleged and proved to be an aggravated boating offender;

 (5)  A class C felony if the defendant is alleged and proved to be a chronic boating offender;

 (6)  A class B felony if the defendant is alleged and proved to be a habitual boating offender.

 4.  A person found guilty of the offense of boating with excessive blood alcohol content as a first offense shall not be granted a suspended imposition of sentence:

 (1)  Unless such person shall be placed on probation for a minimum of two years; or

 (2)  In a circuit where a DWI court or docket created under section 478.007 or other court-ordered treatment program is available, and where the offense was committed with fifteen-hundredths of one percent or more by weight of alcohol in such person’s blood unless the individual participates in and successfully completes a program under such DWI court or docket or other court-ordered treatment program.

 5.  When a person is not granted a suspended imposition of sentence for the reasons described in subsection 4 of this section:

 (1)  If the individual operated the vessel with fifteen-hundredths to twenty-hundredths of one percent by weight of alcohol in such person’s blood, the required term of imprisonment shall be not less than forty-eight hours;

 (2)  If the individual operated the vessel with greater than twenty-hundredths of one percent by weight of alcohol in such person’s blood, the required term of imprisonment shall be not less than five days.

 6.  If a person is found guilty of a second or subsequent offense of boating with an excessive blood alcohol content, the court may order the person to submit to a period of continuous alcohol monitoring or verifiable breath alcohol testing performed a minimum of four times per day as a condition of probation.

 7.  A person found guilty of the offense of boating with excessive blood alcohol content:

 (1)  As a prior boating offender, persistent boating offender, aggravated boating offender, chronic boating offender or habitual boating offender shall not be granted a suspended imposition of sentence or be sentenced to pay a fine in lieu of a term of imprisonment, section 557.011 to the contrary notwithstanding;

 (2)  As a prior boating offender, shall not be granted parole or probation until he or she has served a minimum of ten days imprisonment:

 (a)  Unless as a condition of such parole or probation such person performs at least two hundred forty hours of community service under the supervision of the court in those jurisdictions which have a recognized program for community service; or

 (b)  The offender participates in and successfully completes a program established under section 478.007 or other court-ordered treatment program, if available;

 (3)  As a persistent boating offender, shall not be granted parole or probation until he or she has served a minimum of thirty days imprisonment:

 (a)  Unless as a condition of such parole or probation such person performs at least four hundred eighty hours of community service under the supervision of the court in those jurisdictions which have a recognized program for community service; or

 (b)  The offender participates in and successfully completes a program established under section 478.007 or other court-ordered treatment program, if available;

 (4)  As an aggravated boating offender, shall not be eligible for parole or probation until he or she has served a minimum of sixty days imprisonment;

 (5)  As a chronic or habitual boating offender, shall not be eligible for parole or probation until he or she has served a minimum of two years imprisonment; and

 (6)  Any probation or parole granted under this subsection may include a period of continuous alcohol monitoring or verifiable breath alcohol testing performed a minimum of four times per day.