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Kirkland Coast Guard Hearing Attorneys

The US Coast Guard may handle boating under the influence cases. When this happens, the accused individual may argue their case for innocence or leniency before a Coast Guard official. However, these judicial hearings aren't considered an actual trial. In part, this is because these hearings are treated more like an appeal for a ticket. However, with BUI charges, the penalties for conviction can have a serious impact on a defendant's life.

To discuss your legal options if you need help in arguing for your defense at a Coast Guard hearing, contact the Kirkland Coast Guard hearing lawyers of Cowan Kirk today by calling 866-822-1230.

What Are Coast Guard Hearings?

On international waters or along the national coastline, the US Coast Guard may deal with any intoxicated boaters they arrest. The boater faces immediate penalties from the Coast Guard, although they may appeal through a Coast Guard hearing. If successful, the charges may be dropped altogether.

An accused boater needs to follow these rules to schedule and attend a Coast Guard hearing:

  • All hearings need to be requested through writing
  • Hearing requests should outline what will be addressed in the hearing
  • Any evidence submitted to the hearing should be provided by the defendant
  • The defendant is responsible for hiring their own legal counsel
  • The Coast Guard allows video or in-person hearings

These hearings may not be the same as a traditional trial, but the arguments and legal know-how to defend from BUI charges can often prove highly technical. A defendant may still want to rely on the experience and knowledge of a lawyer.

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If you have been charged with boating under the influence by the Coast Guard, there may be substantial changes to your defense appeal that you are unfamiliar with. To learn more about these hearings and how we may be able to help you with your defense, contact the Kirkland Coast Guard hearing 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.