Accused of a Washington State Boating Under the Influence (BUI) Charge?

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WA Boating BUI Defense:  See us at our BUI website for more information.

What to Know:

  • BUI is a misdemeanor.
  • No license suspension follows a BUI.

As you may have already discovered, accusations of Washington state BUI or Boating DUI are taken very seriously by law enforcement, prosecutors, and the courts.In addition to potential jail time and fines, a conviction for a Washington state boating DUI or BUI can have serious long term consequences.

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Burg/Fulton: Trusted, Experienced, Ready to Help!

We understand after you have been arrested for a Washington State BUI you may have feelings of anger or hopelessness. We are here to tell you that there is hope that your charge will be successfully resolved and even more importantly, that you will make it through this period.

What you can do now:

We would like to help you fight your Washington State BUI. Please call us so that we may do that. We are passionate about our work and will be doing it for years to come.  We have helped people who are in a similar situation as yours fight their Washington State BUIs. We consistently get great results for our clients.

BUI Laws & Penalties

If you are boating on open water in Washington State you come under the jurisdiction of both Washington State and federal law.This means that the local police, state police, and the federal Coast Guard may enforce the Washington State BUI laws.

The law pertains to all "vessels" that operate on the water. Vessel is a very broad term and includes:

Every description of watercraft on the water, other than a seaplane, used or capable of being used as a means of transportation on the water. However, it does not include inner tubes, air mattresses, sailboards, and small rafts or flotation devices or toys customarily used by swimmers.

Visit BUI Laws to learn more

BUI Licensing Consequences

There are currently no driver's license consequences surrounding a Washington State BUI. Unlike a Driving Under the Influence case, if you are convicted of a BUI you will not lose your privilege to drive by the Washington State Department of Licensing.Also, unlike a DUI, there are no DOL administrative penalties for taking the breath test and blowing a .08 or greater. Likewise, there are no administrative penalties for refusing to take a breath test if you are stopped and arrested for BUI.

Boating Crimes

If you are boating on open water in Washington State you come under the jurisdiction of both state and federal law.This means that the local police, state police and the federal Coast Guard may enforce the Washington State BUI laws.The law pertains to all "vessels" that operate on the water.

Visit Boating Crimes to Learn More

Seattle Seafair Laws

Many people see this site only after Seafair. There are federal laws specifically in place that have been designed with Seafair in mind.  Visit Seattle Seafair Laws to learn more.

Visit our online tools: BAC Calculator to determine the body weight to drink estimates for blood/breath alcohol content.

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