Oklahoma Merchant Marines and BUI/DUI
Operating a vehicle of any kind while intoxicated is against the law. While Driving Under the Influence or DUI is the most common type of arrest, the charge of Boating Under the Influence or BUI is also a serious crime—especially for those serving in the Merchant Marines.
The law does not require Mariners to report DUI or BUI arrests to the Coast Guard. However, the Coast Guard will usually discover the arrest when the mariner applies to renew his or her license, at which point they will look into the arrest and determine whether a probationary period is necessary.
The Coast Guard may also discover the arrest through third party sources such as the news, or a crime website. The Coast Guard will look at the circumstances of the arrest and the history of the accused and determine whether further action or a suspension of a license is necessary or logical.
Don’t Takes Risks With Your Career
A DUI or BUI arrest can mean the end of a career in the Merchant Marines. That type of moving violation can lead to the revocation of a license or the loss of one’s livelihood. If you or someone you know is facing DUI charges while working for the Merchant Marines, it is imperative that legal professionals get involved as quickly as possible.
At Edge Law Firm, we have extensive experience in DUI laws and know firsthand the importance of the cases. We are aggressive advocates for our clients, working tirelessly get the best possible outcome in each case we handle.