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Bellingham Coast Guard Hearing Lawyers

When a person is arrested and charged with Boating Under the Influence, they may face punishment from the US Coast Guard. The Coast Guard may handle a BUI allegation, requiring a person to come before a Coast Guard official for a hearing. These hearings work differently than most other trials, in part due to the fact that they are operated under the United States Coast Guard instead of the standard judicial system of the state. Additionally, these hearings are used as a type of appeal, not a true trial.

For additional information regarding your legal options if you are facing BUI charges from the US Coast Guard, contact the Bellingham Coast Guard hearing lawyers of Cowan Kirk today by calling 866-822-1230.

Coast Guard Hearing Standards

The Coast Guard is responsible for handling BUI charges that occur in international waters or the national coastal borders. These hearings ultimately replace the standard judicial trials, meaning that the Coast Guard deals with any appeals through their hearings.

The Coast Guard follows the following rules when it comes to their hearing process:

  • A hearing should be requested in writing
  • The proposal should include what disputes will be addressed
  • The defendant is responsible for bringing in related evidence
  • The defendant is responsible for providing legal counsel
  • A hearing can be attended via video or in person

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If you have been charged with BUI on international or national coastal waters, we can help you to vigorously defend yourself against these allegations. To learn more, contact the Bellingham Coast Guard hearing attorneys of Cowan Kirk at 866-822-1230.

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.