BUI, or Boating Under the Influence

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

Now that summer is here, Georgia residents and out-of-state visitors alike have taken their boats out onto the state's numerous rivers and lakes. Many like to have a good time—whether they're fishing, skiing, or simply relaxing.

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

In the State of Georgia, it is unlawful to:

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

So, stay safe this summer.  Don't drink while boating!

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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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