The summer is officially underway and there is a lot to enjoy in Georgia, especially the water!
However, just like on the roads, police monitor the waterways for intoxicated drivers. In Georgia, hundreds of people are arrested each year for boating under the influence (BUI).
If you are found to be operating a vehicle in a condition that is “less safe” due to the use of alcohol, drugs, prescription drugs or any combination of the three OR if you have a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher OR if a chemical test shows a controlled substance in your system, you may be charged with BUI. Under Georgia BUI laws, you may be subject to the following penalties:
- Jail time and Probation: Up to 1 year to serve
- Fines: Up to $1,000
- Boating license suspension: 1 year
- DUI risk reduction programs and school
In addition to these legal penalties, a BUI is a criminal misdemeanor and will show up and background checks for the rest of your life. There is no chance for expungement.
If you have questions about a BUI case, please call 1-855-9-ATL-DUI.