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:
- Lake Allatoona: Cobb County, Cherokee County, and Bartow County
- Lake Oconee: Morgan County, Greene County, and Putnam County
- Lake Lanier: Forsyth County, Hall County, and Dawson County
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.
Representation by a Georgia DUI Attorney is your best defense, contact us today.