Boating under the influence, as the name implies, is an offense that happens when
someone operates a boat when under the influence of alcohol. It is a common offense
associated with the Fourth of July and SeaFair, among other things. Like a Seattle
DUI, if you are charged with boating under the influence, it is important to contact
a Seattle DUI attorney as quickly as possible.
There are several important differences between a Seattle BUI and a Seattle DUI
that should be known by anyone facing these charges. First, BUI is only a misdemeanor.
This means the maximum penalties are 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine, which is
less than a DUI.
Second, there are no mandotory minimums with a Seattle BUI charge. Unlike a DUI
that requires a minimum of one day in jail and about an $850 fine, a BUI charge
carries no minimum penalties.
Third, there are no driver's license penalties. With a DUI there are severe driving
penalties involved, including a 90 day driver's license suspension, an interlock
ignition device, and increased car insurance rates. If you are convicted of BUI
there is no fear of losing your driving privileges.
Although the penalties for BUI are less severe than DUI, it is still important to
call a Seattle DUI attorney as
soon as possible. And you'll want to read my tips on what to do if you are investigated
for DUI (the same rules apply).
Don't wait until you make all the hard decisions with the cops to talk to a
Seattle DUI lawyer. Call us as soon as the cops get on the boat at 206-651-4245.
We are available to help fight your BUI or DUI in Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond,
Renton, Shoreline, Burien, Issaquah, Medina, Mercer Island, and throughout the greater
King County area.