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BUI (Boating Under The Influence)

Marietta BUI Lawyer

AGGRESSIVE DEFENSE AGAINST BUI CHARGES IN COBB, FULTON, CHEROKEE, BARTOW, & PAULDING COUNTIES
Due to an increase in the number of fatal boating accidents over the past few decades, boating under the influence (BUI) has become a serious criminal charge that is treated similarly to a DUI arrest. If you’re convicted of BUI in Georgia, you could lose your boating license, pay steep fees, and even face jail time, depending on the circumstances. The court may also order you to take an alcohol or drug education course.

Charges can increase if you were involved in an accident or if a child under 14 was on board at the time of your arrest (child endangerment).

With over a decade of legal experience as a former prosecutor and as a solo practitioner, our BUI attorney in Marietta has the insight and skills necessary to advocate effectively on your behalf in and out of the courtroom.


Call Frye Law Group today at 770-268-3755 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with our BUI attorney in Marietta!


WHAT IS A BUI?

Boating Under the Influence, or BUI, is a severe offense that occurs when an individual operates a watercraft while impaired by alcohol or drugs. Just like driving under the influence (DUI) on the road, BUI involves the operation of boats, jet skis, or other water vessels under the influence of substances that impair one’s ability to operate the watercraft safely.

GEORGIA BUI LAWS

Although the federal government has BUI laws that the U.S. Coast Guard enforces, each state also passes legislation that determines how BUI offenses are regulated within its borders. For example, Georgia strengthens federal laws by allowing local law enforcement to stop moving watercraft (boats, sailboats, jet skis, water skis, etc.) in public waterways without a reason. You also consent to alcohol or drug testing simply by operating a boat within the state. Refusing a test could be used as evidence against you and may result in your boating privileges being suspended for up to a year.

Georgia determines intoxication by either visible impairment or age and blood alcohol content (BAC). For minors (under 21), their BAC cannot be higher than .02%. For adults, that number increases to .08%. As for visible impairment, officers might perform a field sobriety test to decide whether you have the physical and mental capacity to operate the watercraft safely. If the officer performing the test suspects that you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you could be arrested.

WHAT ARE THE PENALTIES FOR BOATING UNDER THE INFLUENCE IN GEORGIA?

Being charged with Boating Under the Influence in Georgia can have severe consequences. It’s crucial to understand the potential penalties associated with a BUI conviction:

  • Fines: Individuals convicted of BUI may face significant fines, which may increase for repeat offenses.
  • License Suspension: BUI convictions can lead to the suspension of boating privileges, affecting one’s ability to enjoy the water legally.
  • Probation: In some cases, a court may impose probation as part of the sentencing, requiring individuals to adhere to specific conditions set by the court.
  • Jail Time: Depending on the circumstances of the case, a BUI conviction may result in imprisonment. Repeated offenses and cases involving injuries often carry harsher sentences.
  • Community Service: Courts may order community service as a way for individuals to give back to the community in response to a BUI conviction.
  • Educational Programs: Completion of alcohol or drug education programs may be a requirement following a BUI conviction.

DEFENSES AGAINST BUI CHARGES

Mounting a robust defense is essential when facing BUI charges. At Frye Law Group, we explore various defenses to protect our client’s rights and achieve the best possible outcomes:

  • Lack of Probable Cause: A common defense strategy is challenging the validity of the initial stop or arrest, asserting that law enforcement lacked probable cause.
  • Faulty Field Sobriety Tests: Disputing the accuracy of field sobriety tests and questioning their reliability as evidence.
  • Inaccurate BAC Tests: Contesting the accuracy of blood or breath tests, highlighting potential errors or issues with the testing equipment.
  • Violation of Rights: Examining whether the individual’s rights were violated during the arrest or testing process, which could lead to the suppression of evidence.
  • Rising BAC Defense: Arguing that the individual’s blood alcohol concentration was below the legal limit while operating the watercraft but rose above it by the time of testing.

CONTACT OUR MARIETTA BUI ATTORNEY TODAY

Whereas being arrested for boating under the influence can ruin a weekend at Allatoona Lake or Lake Acworth, a conviction can have much more serious long-term consequences. However, it’s important to remember that an arrest does not guarantee you’ll be convicted on all charges.

At Frye Law Group, we are dedicated to providing the advocacy and support our clients need during challenging times. If you or someone you know is facing BUI charges, contact Frye Law Group for experienced and effective legal representation. Our team is ready to stand by your side, protecting your rights and working towards the best possible outcome for your case.


Contact Frye Law Group today to schedule a meeting with our BUI lawyer in Marietta!


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