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Kirkland Boating Under the Influence (BUI) Lawyer

Boating under the influence, or BUI, is a serious criminal charge that many people face due to a misunderstanding of the law. Contrary to what people may believe, a boat operator is expected to stay under the legal limit of intoxication while they operate their watercraft, the same as for a driver on land. However, there are mistakes that can be made in the arrest of an individual for BUI.

If you have been arrested or ticketed for BUI, there may be legal options available to fight these accusations. The knowledgeable legal team at Cowan Kirk  can help determine if your charges are based on BUI arrest mistakes. To learn more about your defense options, contact the Kirkland BUI lawyers of Cowan Kirk by calling 866-822-1230 today.

BUI Arrest Mistakes

When a person is stopped for BUI, their blood alcohol content, or BAC, will typically be tested by a police officer to determine if it is over the legal limit of .08. If so, the individual may be arrested for intoxicated operation of a boat. However, it is important to remember that the following mistakes may be made during a BUI arrest:

  • The officer may not allow you enough time to adjust to the land from the water before taking a field sobriety test
  • The BAC test can erroneously overestimate your BAC due to certain medical conditions
  • The police officer may insist that you are legally required to submit to a Breathalyzer test when you actually have the right of refusal

Washington BUI Penalties

If you are convicted of BUI charges, you may lose your boating license, face severe fines, and, in extreme cases, serve jail time. Often, repeat offenders of other crimes may face more strict penalties if convicted of BUI charges.

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If you have been arrested on BUI allegations, we may be able to help you with your legal defense so that you can avoid harsh penalties. To discuss your options further with an experienced legal advisor, contact the Kirkland BUI attorneys of Cowan Kirk at 866-822-1230 today.

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.