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Bellingham Boating Under the Influence Attorneys

A person operating a boat can be arrested for boating under the influence if they are above the legal limit of intoxication. BUI laws in the state of Washington are strict, applying strong penalties for those who are convicted. The standards for an intoxicated boating charge are closely related to DUI standards, relying on many of the same legal definitions.

To discuss your legal options as a defendant facing a BUI charge, contact the Bellingham boating under the influence attorneys of Cowan Kirk by calling 866-822-1230 today.

BUI Penalties

According to the law, a person may not operate a boat or other watercraft if they are above the 0.08 BAC level set by the state. In addition, intoxicated boat operators may face additional legal problems when they go through field sobriety tests. Often, these tests require a degree of balance that may be hindered by the movement of the water. However, a law enforcement official does not always have the right to immediately ask boat operators to dock for field tests without reasonable suspicion.

The following penalties may result from BUI convictions:

  • Loss of boating license
  • Criminal fines
  • Probation
  • Jail
  • Mandatory alcohol education
  • Community service

The severity of the penalties associated with a conviction will depend upon a number of factors, including a record of previous offenses.

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If you have been charged with boating under the influence, it is important that you consult with a skilled and experienced attorney who can help to defend your case. Contact the Bellingham BUI defense lawyers of Cowan Kirk at 866-822-1230 today for capable and committed assistance.

Cowan Kirk Kattenhorn

Cowan Kirk 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.