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Seafair and Boating Under the Influence

For Seattle residents, Seafair is an annual tradition that brings neighborhoods together to honor the city and the rich history of the Pacific Northwest. The month-long celebration incorporates several parades, barbeques, shows, and races before the final air shows and ship exhibitions. While these events are an enjoyable tradition for local residents, it is important to remember that local law enforcement officials increase their efforts to crack down on alcohol- related incidents like boating under the influence (BUI) during this time as well.

If you or someone you love has been charged with BUI during Seafair, the Seattle boating under the influence attorneys of the Cowan Kirk Kattenhorn Law Firm can help. Contact our offices at 866-822-1230 to discuss your case with a knowledgeable lawyer and take an aggressive stand against these accusations.

BUI Penalties

It is illegal to operate any kind of vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Although people not realize it, there are strict laws in place to prevent drivers from operating their boats while intoxicated. Penalties from BUI convictions include:

  • Fines
  • Jail time
  • Probation periods
  • Substance abuse programs

The specifics of a penalty will depend largely on the details of the alleged crime. Repeat offenders, the age of the accused individual, and the consequences of related accidents may increase or decrease the severity of potential punishments.

Seafair is intended to be a fun time for all Seattle residents. Accusations of boating under the influence can not only affect the enjoyment of this annual celebration, but also have long lasting effect on the future of the person that is charged with BUI.

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At the Cowan Kirk Kattenhorn Law Firm we work to defend the rights of accused individuals and ensure that they receive the representation they deserve. Contact our offices at 866-822-1230 to speak to one of our team members about your case today.

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Cowan Kirk Kattenhorn is known throughout Washington and the nation for representing all of its clients with commitment, creativity and compassion. We recognize how devastating a DUI charge can be, particularly when our clients learn how incredibly tough Washington's DUI laws have become, even for a first-time offender.

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If you need a DUI defense attorney in Seattle, Bellevue, or King County, contact us today to find out why respect for our clients, a passion for justice, and our commitment to winning have earned each of us the highest honor a member of the bar can receive from our colleagues – their referrals.