If you have been charged with BUI, it is important to remember that you are entitled to a competent and committed criminal defense. Contact the Bellevue BUI defense attorneys of the Cowan Kirk Law Firm at 866-822-1230 today.
Washington BUI Laws
The state of Washington uses BUI laws to punish those who operate a watercraft while intoxicated. The definition of a watercraft can include any number of vehicles used on the water. As is the case with drunk driving laws, it is not illegal for a person to be intoxicated while they are merely on boat. Instead, they must be the operator of the vehicle.
Intoxication for BUI cases is defined in the following ways:
- 0.08 BAC alcohol intoxication
- Illegal drug intoxication
- Prescription drug intoxication
- Intoxication by some other substance
BUI is punishable by the following penalties if a person is convicted of this crime:
- Loss of boating license
- Loss of motor vehicle license
Initially, a BUI is treated as a civil infraction. However, three BUIs within a single year will result in a misdemeanor charge, which carries much heavier penalties.
If you have been charged with BUI, the consequences of a conviction can have a serious impact on your lifestyle. For more information regarding your legal rights and options as a defendant, contact the Bellevue BUI lawyers of the Cowan Kirk Law Firm today by calling 866-822-1230.