The boating crash occurred last June. The victim was in his boat waiting to take it out of the water when Glenn Riegelsberger drove his boat over the top of the victim’s boat. The victim suffered injuries to his head and back. Riegelsberger left the scene and and walked across the street to his Riverside home. He was arrested fifteen hours later. DNA from the victim was found on Riegelsberger’s boat.
Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Norbert Nadel sentenced Riegelsberger to four years in prison. The judge noted, in handing down the sentence, that Riegelsberger had prior arrests for OVI.
Drunk boating charges are similar to drunk driving charges. A person facing a boating while intoxicated charge should contact an experienced defense attorney who can examine all of the circumstances of the case to determine whether the charges or arrest can be challenged on constitutional grounds. The attorney can can also consider the possibility of contesting the case on the merits, through expert testimony on the integrity of any blood alcohol test, the chain of custody of any sample, or biochemical explanations for a high reading that have nothing to do with intoxication.