Law Enforcement on Lake Lanier can board your boat at any time for a Safety Inspection and you have minimal Constitutional protections for your privacy on a boat.
The Constitution provides a tremendous level of privacy for someone’s home. However, when you are in your car, that protection of privacy diminishes and if you are on a boat, the protection of privacy is even lower.
On a boat, you are out in the open. More importantly, law enforcement has the right to board your boat at any time to perform a safety inspection. While performing that safety inspection, if law enforcement comes across illegal drugs or finds the boat operator to be impaired by alcohol, they can escalate the encounter and make arrests or do additional investigations such as determining if the driver is Boating Under the Influence (BUI). Call us today for more information on Georgia Boating Laws.
At A. Bishop Law, our Georgia boat lawyers welcome any questions about boating safety and boating law. If you, a family member or friend is facing a criminal boating charge or boating accident, please Call or Email us about any questions you may have about Georgia Boating law safety violations. Your initial consultation is free and confidential.
About the author: Anne Bishop is a Georgia Lawyer with A. Bishop Law in Gainesville, Georgia and handles various legal matters arising on the lakes of Georgia, including Boating Under the Influence Criminal Defense and Boating Injuries, as well as DUI / DWI, BUI, Accident & Injury and other Georgia Criminal Defense matters. The law office of A. Bishop Law can assist clients through out Georgia including: Lake Lanier, Lake Hartwell, Hall County (Gainesville, Oakwood, Flowery Branch), Jackson County (Jefferson, Braselton) White County (Helen, Cleveland), Lumpkin County (Dahlonega), Dawson County (Dawsonville), Habersham County (Demorest, Cornelia), and all of Northeast Georgia.
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