A new boating under the influence law is set to pass in Washington State.
The new law will treat boating under the influence much closer to driving under the influence. Some say the change is long overdue as the state has treated driving under the influence very seriously with both felony and misdemeanor penalties, while the maximum penalty for boating under the influence is a misdemeanor charge, reports KEPR TV.
With the new law, the potential penalties for boating under the influence will match those of a DUI. In addition, implied consent laws will also apply to boaters. This means that boaters will no longer be able to refuse a Breathalyzer test with impunity. Like drivers, boaters would face penalties for the mere act of refusing the breath test.
Finally, the new boating law would also address marijuana use. The same limit of 5.0 THC for drivers will also apply to boaters.
The current boating under the influence laws had been much maligned. Some argued that boating under the influence is more dangerous than driving under the influence as a boater has to deal with more elements than a driver and there are no clearly demarcated roads for them to travel. In addition, boaters may have to navigate through a variety of crafts in the water such as other boats, swimmers, and inner-tubes carrying children.
If passed, the new boating under the influence law could go into effect very soon.
In the meantime, if you face DUI or BUI charges in the Seattle or King County areas, you will want to work with an experienced attorney. The penalties for a DUI or BUI can be severe and cost you lots of money. As a result, you will want an advocate on your side to defend against the charges or possibly seek a favorable plea deal.
Contact the drunk driving defense attorneys at Wolff Criminal Defense. Call us at 425-284-2000 and schedule a consultation to discuss the facts of your case.