The Georgia Boat Safety Act prohibits anyone from boating under the influence (BUI)—that is operating any boat, sailboat, personal watercraft, water skis, sailboard or similar device while intoxicated.
Those 21 years of age or older are considered under the influence, and may not operate a water vehicle, if their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is 0.08 or more, or if drugs are detected.
Those under the age of 21 are considered under the influence, and may not operate a water vehicle if their BAC is 0.02 or more.
The possible penalties for a BUI conviction are similar to those for DUI:
- Loss of your privilege to operate a water vehicle
- Mandatory substance abuse programs
- Community service
- Steep fines and court costs
- Jail time and probation
- Impoundment of watercraft
If you have been charged with BUI, you must act quickly! From the moment you are arrested, the government begins working on your case. If you hesitate to take action, you are wasting valuable time—time that your criminal defense attorney could be using to prepare your case.
For over 29 years, the attorneys at Raymond Giudice, P.C. have represented people charged with every type of DUI. At a time like this, you need to hire an expert—a criminal defense trial attorney who will aggressively fight to protect your rights and freedom, and do whatever it takes to achieve the best possible results for you.
If you have been accused or arrested for BUI, contact our office (404) 554-8800, or call Ray on his cell (404) 964-4185, to schedule an appointment for a free consultation. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.