Being under the influence of drugs or alcohol can alter a person's decision-making abilities. As a result, an individual may carry out actions that he or she would not have done under other circumstances. Unfortunately, some actions could put others in harm's way or at least make them fearful for their lives, and serious criminal charges could result.
It was recently reported that a charter boat captain in Florida found himself in such a difficult spot. Apparently, the captain was out on the water with passengers on his boat when some of those passengers contacted the police. They claimed that the captain was intoxicated and would not take them back to shore. Additionally, they stated that he had fired a handgun. The situation resulted in police officers and the U.S. Coast Guard getting involved.
When the boat came back to shore, officers detained the man and reportedly noticed that he was slurring his speech, had bloodshot eyes, walked unsteadily and had an odor of alcohol about him. He apparently declined to participate in field sobriety tests and a breath test. The situation resulted in him being charged with boating under the influence and resisting arrest. Additionally, since the incidents happened on open water, the Coast Guard is investigating the claims that he fired a handgun and refused to bring passengers to shore.
As he certainly knows, this Florida man faces a complicated situation. The criminal charges brought against him could have lasting impacts on his life if he faces convictions. Because he undoubtedly wants to work toward the best outcomes possible, he may find it helpful to obtain information and assistance from legal resources.