I was charged with Boating Under the Influence (BUI) during Seafair weekend, is this different than a DUI?
When a boater is cited for a BUI, it is a misdemeanor, meaning the maximum punishment is 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. Unlike a DUI, there aren't any mandatory penalties for a BUI and you won't lose your driver's license, however a BUI conviction may require a maximum of two years probation. Also, unlike a DUI there is no DOL hearing but a person can be subjected to a civil hearing from the U.S. Coast Guard. Retaining an attorney can help get your charge down to a Negligent Boating as well as represent you in court so that you don't need to take time out of your day.
If you've been charged with a BUI call us for a free consultation. We offer an affordable BUI defense, and can help you through this difficult and confusing process–the Law Offices of Raymond W. Ejarque, (206) 621-1554. We can further help you with the specifics of your case and answer any additional questions you may have.