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Experienced Defense Against BUI Charges in Washington State 

Until recently, boating under the influence—or BUI—was a simple misdemeanor with minor penalties. However, Washington lawmakers changed that in 2013 and made a BUI charge a gross misdemeanor. Now, not only do implied consent-like laws apply to BUI suspects, but a conviction can lead to significant fines and even jail time.

If you have been charged with boating under the influence, contact DUIHeroes as soon as possible. We have dedicated our entire practice to DUI-related cases and have accumulated the experience and resources to ensure our clients stand every possible chance at reduction or dismissal of their charge. As one of the leading practitioners of DUI law in the nation, we offer the best path forward to beating these charges and protecting your future. 

Entrust your future to capable, proven representation. Contact our firm today at 1 (800) DUI-HERO to speak with Snohomish County BUI attorneys.

Understanding BUI Penalties and Legal Distinctions in Washington

RCW 79A.60.040 describes the offense of "operation of a vessel in a reckless manner," including while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Boat operators are held under the same restrictions as motorists and can be charged with BUI if their alcohol concentration is detected to be 0.08 or higher. If convicted, the accused faces up to $5000 in fines and one year in jail.

Key Points About BUI Charges:

  • Unlike DUI, there is no license suspension associated with BUI charges.
  • BUI convictions do count as "prior" DUI charges if the accused is later charged with drunk driving.
  • If a boat operator refuses a breath test, they are subject to a $1000 civil penalty (instead of implied consent license suspension).
  • Boat operator blood tests that indicate a THC concentration (marijuana) of 5.00 or higher can also result in a BUI charge.

Have more questions? Contact our Snohomish County BUI attorney team today. We are well-versed in the newest BUI laws and know how to effectively navigate those accused towards the best possible outcome.

Start mounting your defense today. Contact our team at 1 (800) DUI-HERO for a free case evaluation with our Snohomish County BUI lawyer.



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