Boating Crimes in Georgia
Boating is a very popular activity in Georgia with our numerous lakes and beautiful weather throughout the year. However, there are a number of crimes associated with boating that can take all the fun out of the activity. Boating crimes carry heavy penalties so it is important to be aware of the Georgia Boating Laws and how to avoid being charged with a criminal offense. The Offices of Lawson and Berry have extensive experience with boating crimes and are prepared to assist with your case today. Contact our offices to speak with one of our top rated Georgia Criminal Defense Attorneys.
Boating Crimes in Georgia Include
Boating Under the Influence: Occurs when a person operates a watercraft while being under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Homicide by Vessel: Occurs when someone dies because of a watercraft
Serious Injury by Vessel: Occurs when someone gets seriously hurt because of a watercraft
Possible Penalties Associated With A Boating Crime Conviction
A conviction for boating under the influence will be treated as a misdemeanor and carries a penalty of a $1,000 fine, one year in jail, or both. However, a conviction for serious injury by vessel or homicide by vessel will generally be categorized as a felony. Felony convictions have hefty fines and long prison times as well as the consequences for a felony conviction. Furthermore, some convictions will also suspend your boating privileges for up to three years. Lastly, convictions for boating crimes may require the defendant to attend a boater safety course.
Defenses to Fight Your Charge
First, if you are not guilty of one of the predicate offenses such as DUI etc., then you cannot be guilty of felony serious injury by vessel.
Second, your Attorney will look into is what speed exactly you were going (if it applies to your case). If you can prove that you were adhering to idle speed, then you cannot be guilty of homicide by vessel in the first degree.
Third, if you can demonstrate that you were not under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or toxic vapors, then your Attorney will move to have the charges reduced or dismissed because of your particular circumstances.
We understand the seriousness of boating charges and we are prepared to help you fight your case. Our office is here 24/7 including nights, weekends, and holidays. Let Georgia's premier criminal defense firm assist with your case today.