2015 Mississippi Code
§ 59-23-5 - Consent to chemical or breath tests by persons operating watercraft; offer and administration of tests; advisement of effect of refusal to submit to test; advisement of persons arrested of rights; uniform citation form

MS Code § 59-23-5 (2015) What's This?

(1) A person who operates a watercraft in waters over which this state has jurisdiction shall be deemed to have given consent to submit to a chemical test or test of his breath for the purpose of determining the alcohol content of his blood, as a condition of operating the watercraft in this state.

(2) A law enforcement officer who has probable cause to believe that a person has committed an offense under this chapter shall offer the person the opportunity to submit to a chemical test. It is not necessary for the law enforcement officer to offer a chemical test to an unconscious person. A law enforcement officer may offer a person more than one (1) chemical test under this section. However, all tests must be administered within three (3) hours after the officer has probable cause to believe the person violated this chapter. If a person refuses to submit to a chemical test under this chapter, the person shall be informed by the law enforcement officer that the refusal to submit to the test shall subject him to arrest and punishment consistent with the penalties prescribed in Section 59-23-7 for persons submitting to the test, and that the court shall order the person not to operate a watercraft for at least one (1) year.

(3) If the chemical test results in prima facie evidence that the person is intoxicated, he shall immediately be arrested.

(4) (a) The law enforcement officer arresting a person pursuant to the provisions of this chapter shall inform the person arrested that:

(i) The person arrested has the right to be represented by legal counsel;

(ii) The person arrested may waive the right to be represented by legal counsel; and

(iii) The charge for which the person is being arrested may be used against him, upon conviction, for purposes of receiving an enhanced penalty as provided in Section 59-23-7.

(b) The citation or affidavit which is issued to the person arrested shall be uniform throughout all jurisdictions in the State of Mississippi and shall contain a place for the arresting official to sign, stating that he has advised the person arrested of the information contained in paragraph (a) of this subsection. The judge hearing the case or accepting the guilty plea, as the case may be, shall sign in a place provided on the citation or affidavit stating that the person arrested either employed an attorney or waived his right to an attorney after having been advised pursuant to paragraph (a) of this subsection. If the person arrested employed an attorney, the name, address and telephone number of the attorney shall be written on the citation or affidavit.

(c) The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks shall prepare and furnish, no later than July 1, 1995, to all jurisdictions in the State of Mississippi a uniform citation form consistent with this chapter, which shall be used in all jurisdictions in the State of Mississippi.

(d) The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks shall notify, by whatever means it deems appropriate, all law enforcement officers who are authorized to enforce the provisions of this chapter of their obligation to provide the information and execute the citation or affidavit, as described in paragraphs (a) and (b) of this subsection.

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