Crackdown for BUI over the July 4th Weekend

Time to get out on the water and have some fun. Keep in mind that the Georgia DNR is out watching all the activity on the water. Boat captains need to be more cautious while celebrating our nations National Holiday.

Now, the DNR is using all the tools in their arsenal to pull over (stop) boats on the water. Over the weekend the Department of Natural Resources made 17 stops in one day over all the waterways involving Boating Under the Influence arrests for July 4, 2023. With everything that is going on it may be difficult to remember to keep track of your drinks or even worry about it. Some key things that the DNR officers looked for included proper number of floatation devices, speeding in a no wake zone, endangering boaters around your vessel/water craft.

While all officers use some of the various available charges to stop a vehicle, on the water its a little different for the stops. Basically, if you don’t have your life jacket (life preserver) on and your under way, DNR can stop you for a safety check to verify that you have a jacket and/or that you have enough floatation devices for everyone onboard. Additionally you can be stopped for technical issues, such as docking lights inoperative. Couple this with an inability to remember the actual number of drinks you have had and you are in the middle of a perfect storm for the officer establishing his thoughts that you are Boating Under the Influence.

It doesn’t matter where you are, it doesn’t matter what county you are in either. Lakes can be in several different counties, whether its Port Royale or cocktail cove at Lake Lanier in Hall County or Forsyth County, or on Lake Allatoona in Bartow, Cobb or Cherokee County or on Jackson Lake in Butts Newton or Jasper County the Georgia Game Wardens enforcing the boating laws can roam the entire lake regardless of the county you are coasting into.

If you have been accused boating under the influence then you need help from a trained BUI attorney. Should YOU find that you either don’t want to face the court alone or simply feel that you need help from an attorney then give our office a call regarding your citations. There are facts to every case where defenses can be raised for anyone charged with Boating under the influence. Each situation is different from the other and requires a evaluation of all the information in order to properly mount a defense and a effective negotiation with the prosecutor’s office.

Remember that every BUI case is different because not two sets of facts are the same. Application of the above case law to your situation would take examination of the facts surrounding your case and applying this case law properly to create a properly mounted defense for YOUR arrest.

Our office has 24 hour response lines and can answer your questions and help you. Give our team of BUI defense lawyers a call at 404-445-8494. We can help you mount a proper defense for your situation.


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Michael D Barber
Georgia Lawyer specializing in DUI, Drug Charges & Criminal Defense