Yes, its true! Washington state has laws which continuously crack down on boating while under the influence. Boating and drinking has become a heightened point of emphasis for law enforcement all across the Puget Sound and Western Washington area. Although much of this crack down, has typically been during the summer months, you are always at risk of getting a Boating Under the Influence (BUI) charge against you regardless of what time of the year it may be. Therefore, it is imperative for you to consult with a Washington criminal defense lawyer if faced with these serious charges.
So although boating is often seen by many as a leisurely activity, and one which Washington state residents have only a few months every year to enjoy, boaters must be cognizant that law enforcement is increasingly treating BUI as if it were a zero tolerance crime, and thus, once charged a Seattle criminal lawyer needs to get involved.
No longer is law enforcement only concerned about citizens operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, but they are now stopping and arresting individuals for operating any type of vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.