Did you know that you can be arrested for a DUI even if you never actually got behind the wheel of a car? Many people are not aware of this fact, and the confusion leads to some unfortunate charges. Under Georgia law, you can be charged with a DUI if you are found to be in actual physical control of any moving vehicle, while also under the influence of alcohol. However, it is important to recognize that the penalties will vary based on the specific circumstances of your arrest. If you have been charged with any form of DUI in northern Georgia, or you are facing administrative license suspension (ALS), you need to speak to an experienced Atlanta DUI defense lawyer as soon as possible.
Believe it or not, yes, you can. In the case of Jones v. State, a Georgia appeals court confirmed that Georgia DUI law applies to all moving vehicles, not just motor vehicles. Certainly anything with a motor qualifies, but so do bicycles. Indeed, different penalties will apply in these cases and you will likely not face the loss of your driving privileges. That being said, a DUI on a bike is still a misdemeanor charge that can come with harsh penalties. You may face significant fines or possibly worse.
A boating DUI, often referred to as a BUI or a boating under the influence, is a charge that can carry some serious penalties. Similar to being arrested for DUI, if you are charged with a BUI, you will face the automatic administrative suspension of your boating license. You only have ten days to appeal this administrative action. If you fail to submit a timely appeal, your boating license will be immediately suspended. Further, you could be charged with a BUI for operating a wide variety of watercrafts, not just motorized boats. Georgia’s boating under the influence statute applies to many different types of ‘moving vehicles’. The statute prohibits using any of the following watercrafts while under the influence of alcohol: motor boats, sail boats, jet skis and water skis. While a charge for a BUI is generally misdemeanor, these charges still must be taken seriously as they can come with severe penalties. You could face the loss of your boating privileges, substantial fines and in some cases even jail time.
If you have been arrested for a non-automobile DUI in Georgia, or if you need administrative license suspension help in Atlanta, reach out to an experienced DUI defense attorney. At Thomas, Webb, and Willis, LLC our skilled legal team will always give your case the personal attention that it deserves. We will work aggressively to protect your rights. Please do not hesitate to contact our office today at (404) 250-1113 to schedule free case evaluation.
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