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What you need to know about being cited for Boating Under the Influence in Washington!
In Washington, it is illegal to operate a water vessel under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Having a BUI on your record can have impacts on your current and future jobs. The penalty can carry jail time and a hefty fine. Do not face this charge alone. Let Weber Law help you today!
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Washington Boating Under the Influence Charges and Penalties
What is Boating Under the Influence?
A person is guilty of boating while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, marijuana, or any drug if the person operates a motorized or non-motorized boats (which includes, kayaks, canoes and rafts) within Washington.
The legal limit for operating under the influence of alcohol on Washington State waterways is .08 and the legal limit for boating under the influence of marijuana is 5.0 nanograms.
What are the Penalties?
Boating under the influence is a gross misdemeanor.
A gross misdemeanor is punishable by imprisonment for up to 364 days, or a fine of up to $5,000.00, or both.
The penalty can vary depending on how much alcohol or drugs were in your system, if you committed an additional crime like vehicular homicide, if you had passengers in your car, or if you have had prior convictions of boating under the influence before.
Additionally, the court can require you to attend a sobriety program, attend a counseling program.
Even as a Defendant of a Crime, you still have Rights! Make sure yours were not violated!
Even as an individual facing criminal charges, you have rights. It is important to know those rights and make sure that they were not violated in any way when you were arrested or charged. Without extensive knowledge of your rights when it comes to police searches, Miranda rights, and your rights when it comes to arrest, it is extremely difficult to get a dismissal or reduction of your charges. Do not try and fight these charges on your own, Weber Law is ready to help you today.
Contact Weber Law immediately if you’ve been arrested on a boating under the influence charge. We offer a free confidential case evaluation – serving Seattle and the surrounding areas.
How can Weber Law help you?
If you have been charged with boating under the influence in the State of Washington, there are a few ways Weber Law can fight for you. At Weber Law we are experienced in defending these charges, winning these cases, and getting you back in your life.
If you have been cited for boating under the influence, let Weber Law fight for you. There are many defenses, including it being your first offense, your blood alcohol level, and the circumstances under the traffic stop, (i.e., was an accident involved, was anybody hurt, etc.). Weber Law will work to potentially get your citation reduced or help you to keep the charge off your record.
The court room can be an intimidating place; let Weber Law help take the stress and worry out of your criminal charges. You do not want to face these charges alone. These charges can mean you face serious jail time, and face a mark on your record.
If you or anyone you know has been charged with boating under the influence and you are not sure what to do next, contact Weber Law today for a consultation.
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