Boating Under the Influence (BUI)

Posted by Richard Lawson | Aug 05, 2010 | 0 Comments

With summer in full swing, residents and out-of-state visitors alike have taken their boats out onto Georgia's numerous rivers and lakes. Many like to have a good time—whether fishing, skiing, or just simply relaxing.

While boating recreation involves food, fishing and good company of friends and family, it also frequently involves alcohol. For those boaters out there, you should know that the same Georgia DUI laws applicable to motor vehicles apply similarly to boats. Accordingly, you could be subject to a felony and all of its consequences upon arrest for and conviction of driving a boat while under the influence of alcohol (or “BUI”).

In Georgia, it is unlawful to:

  • operate a vessel subject to registration, and
  • while on public waters of Georgia,
  • while under the influence of any intoxicant or with a blood alcohol of .08 percent or greater.

So, enjoy your time on the water this summer but be careful not to operate your boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs

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Richard Lawson

Richard S. Lawson is passionate about intoxicated driving defense. Unlike some attorneys, Mr. Lawson devotes 100% of his legal practice to helping people stand up for their rights against DUI charges. For more than 20 years, Mr. Lawson has dutifully fought for his clients' freedom, resolving more 4,900 impaired driving cases during the course of his career. Today, Mr. Lawson has developed a reputation as a skilled negotiator and continues to help clients by fighting to keep them out of jail.


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