BUI Boating Under the Influence

Boating Under the Influence Defense Lawyers

While alcohol use and boating used to be tolerated by law enforcement, that is beginning to change.  We are seeing people arrested and charged with BUI on Lake Washington, Lake Sammamish, on the Puget Sound, and Lake Tapps. The greatest area of emphasis is during the Seafair hydroplane races, and during that time police are indiscriminately boarding vessels in hope of finding impaired operators.

While there are currently no suspended driver's license or ignition interlock repercussions for boating under the influence (BUI) or refusing a breath or blood test while boating in Washington, new rules may cause the loss of boating privileges.

At Newton & Hall, Attorneys at Law, PLLC, we take a direct and practical approach to representing people charged with drinking and driving, and boating while intoxicated. If you face BUI charges, call one of our many experienced BUI defense attorneys, call (253) 867-2675 to begin your defense now.


Fighting a BUI Case

Our skilled defense lawyers team up to provide you with a legal defense against a charge of operation of a vessel while under the influence of an intoxicating liquor or illegal drug.  These charges can result from any of the following:

  • A breath test resulting in .08 or more of alcohol
  • .08 percent or more of alcohol concentration in a blood test
  • Operating a boat while affected by either alcohol or drugs
  • Operating a boat under the combined influence of alcohol and drugs

BUI and Field Sobriety Testing

Boating under the influence defense cases raise the same issues of alcohol and drug testing as drunk driving arrests on Washington roads. Breathalyzer testing, field sobriety tests and other drunk driving procedures are not designed for use on the water. As such we can put together sound strategies to get test results suppressed in court, and fight other evidence likely to be presented by the prosecutors.

BUI charges can result in a $1,000 fine, and up to 90 days in jail. While convictions do not result in mandatory penalties or punishment for multiple offenses, a BUI conviction can have collateral effects involving future employment, finding a place to live, and a tarnished reputation in the community.


Don't Let a BUI Conviction Affect Your Future

If you make a mistake or end up in the wrong place at the wrong time, don't make a second tragic mistake! Obtain the services of a skilled BUI defense attorney. Call (253) 867-2675 as soon as possible. Our criminal defense attorneys represent adults and juveniles throughout the state of Washington.

As dedicated criminal law defense attorneys, our job is to see that our clients get the best criminal defense possible. We tell you exactly where you stand and recommend a practical solution. When we step into the courtroom, we expect to win. And we are respected by prosecutors and judges in criminal courts throughout Washington State for our skill and determination.

Our Criminal Defense Experience with Boating Under the Influence (BUI) is Your Advantage

When you are facing criminal charges we can help. Call us at (253) 867-2675 to schedule a free initial consultation. Our criminal defense attorneys are standing by.

Newton & Hall, Attorneys at Law, PLLC

Criminal defense provided with professional integrity and many years of experience in criminal defense cases. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.