Pursuant to new Washington legislation passed by a measure this week, the King County Sheriff’s Office is now permitted to impound vessels found to be operated on our waterways by folks accused of boating while impaired. Similar to the impoundment of vehicles for those arrested for DUI (now known as’ Hailey’s Law’), the fees could be costly and the folks who get to impound the vessels can likely look forward to an increase in their yearly revenue stream. Prior to this new legislation, impaired boaters were permitted to call a friend or relative to come pick up their boat. That luxury is no longer an option in King County, and overall this new BUI/ DUI related legislation may have a huge impact on boating enthusiasts and the patrons of our beloved Seafair.
Now more than ever, one cited for BUI or a DUI is well advised to hire a qualified Seattle DUI attorney as soon as possible. Boating Under the Influence allegations in Washington State are extremely serious, and can cause havoc on a person’s personal and professional life. Anyone charged with BUI in Washington State should immediately seek the assistance of a seasoned Seattle DUI lawyer. The Seattle DUI attorneys that make up the criminal defense team of SQ Attorneys are highly qualified and reputable Seattle DUI defense lawyers that are dedicated to providing top notch, aggressive representation for those arrested for DUI in Western Washington. The team creates success by working with law enforcement and the prosecuting attorney’s office to ensure that all facts and circumstances related to the criminal allegations are considered in creating the fairest, most equitable and just resolution possible in light of all the surrounding circumstances.