BUI (Boating Under the Influence) in Tacoma
Boating Under the Influence is basically just like a DUI, except it takes place on a boat. Both are gross misdemeanors, meaning the maximum penalty is 364 days in jail and a $5,000 fine. Additionally, there will be probation and court ordered classes. However, there are also some big differences between the two.
Probably the biggest difference between the two is the fact that a BUI will not currently impact your license. While a DUI will result in a license suspension and an ignition interlock requirement, a BUI conviction has no such problem. Accordingly, there will also be no Department of Licensing Administrative hearing if you are arrested for a BUI. Another big difference is how a refusal to provide a breath sample is being treated. If you refuse to blow in a DUI, you will face harsher consequences and the refusal can also be used against you. On the other hand, a refusal in a BUI cannot be used against you and will not result in harsher criminal consequences. Instead, a refusal will result in you receiving an infraction (not a crime). Unfortunately, the infraction fine is over $1,000!
If you have questions about a possible BUI charge or a refusal ticket, do not hesitate to give our office a call immediately. We will be more than happy to answer your questions and help you out.