BUI (Boating Under the Influence) in Bellevue

DUI caseTo most casual observers, a BUI is self-explanatory. While a DUI is when you are driving a vehicle, a BUI is when you are driving a boat. A BUI is also a gross misdemeanor, which means comes with a maximum penalty of 364 days in jail and a $5,000 fine. Other potential penalties include court/administrative fees, probation, and court ordered classes.

However, there are also several very big differences. Most notably, a BUI charge will not impact your driver’s license.  There is no suspension on your license nor is there an ignition interlock requirement on your car.

Another big difference is how a refusal impacts your case. With a DUI, a refusal will result in higher penalties and can be used against you. With a BUI, a refusal cannot be used against you, and there are not harsher penalties with the criminal case. However, a refusal will typically result in an extremely harsh infraction which comes with a fine over $1,000!  This infraction is separate from the criminal case and typically, will be handled before the criminal case is even filed.

Whether you are facing a BUI or a refusal infraction in Bellevue, give our office a call. Our experienced Bellevue DUI & BUI lawyers will be able to walk you through the process and prepare you for what may lay ahead.

 
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