It’s Labor Day Weekend and I Just Got Charged with Boating Under the Influence in Georgia

Posted by Richard Lawson | Sep 03, 2018 | 0 Comments

As Labor Day Weekend comes to an end in Georgia, I would like to highlight the offense of BUI in Georgia since many Georgians found themselves out on our many lakes this past holiday weekend. 

As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I handle BUI cases quite frequently in our state, and unknown to most people, but there is a higher concentration of BUI arrests per operator than DUI arrests per driver in Georgia. Many Georgians enjoy boating at some of the lakes I've listed out below:

I've listed out the counties that correspond to each of these lakes as if you are facing a BUI it most likely is in one of the above-listed counties.

In today's post I'd like to highlight some unknown facts about BUI in Georgia.

BUI in Georgia

  • BUI Penalties in Georgia can include up to 12 months in jail, community service, substance abuse evaluations, and fines.
  • There is no criminal court suspension of the right to operate a boat - it is only suspended through the administrative level.
  • A BUI is classified as a misdemeanor in Georgia.
  • Georgia BUI Laws include felony provisions if you seriously injure others or cause a death.
  • BUI offenses in Georgia are handled by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
  • You only have 10 days to request an administrative hearing to save your right to boat in Georgia.

Practice Note

If you or a loved one has received a BUI in Georgia or a DUI in Georgia, contact our offices today. We specialize in DUI Laws in Georgia which includes BUI in this state. 

Representation by a Georgia DUI Attorney is your best defense, contact us today.

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