Redding Criminal Defense Attorney For Boat-Related Crimes

With 365 miles of shoreline, Shasta Lake and surrounding recreational areas in Northern California are a hotbed for vacationers and locals. Unfortunately, a leisurely day on the water can turn into a legal nightmare, when least expected. Laws are regularly implemented or expanded to create more safety on the waterways, but the public is left largely unaware of the changes.

If you or your loved one is accused of committing a boating violation, obtain experienced legal help. A boating offense could be punishable with large fines, suspension of your license and jail time. The Redding law firm of Kucera & Cohen, is committed to defending individuals facing criminal charges for boating under the influence (BUI) of alcohol and other criminal-related boat offenses. Entrust the firm to deliver experienced advocacy and legal counsel. Contact the firm online for a free 30-minute consultation regarding your case.

An Experienced Attorney Who Understands How To Build A Strong Defense

Attorney John M. Kucera has nearly 40 years of experience in the local criminal justice system, including as a former prosecutor and judge. While working as a prosecutor with the Shasta County District Attorney's Office, Mr. Kucera was responsible for creating the county's boating under the influence program, and trained the sheriff's deputies and members of the National Park Service at Whiskeytown Lake to prosecute BUI violations in state and federal court.

Mr. Kucera knows how the other side works. He will apply his experience and legal skills in pursuit of protecting your rights when accused of committing boating crimes, such as:

  • Operating a watercraft while under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs
  • Failing to make sure children under the age of 12 are wearing a life jacket
  • Failing to wear a life jacket when water skiing
  • Failing to complete a boat safety course when convicted of a moving violation while operating a vessel
  • Speeding in excess of 5 mph within 100 feet from the shoreline or an anchored vessel

Law enforcement also pursues misdemeanor offenses against motorists for violating equipment requirements, such as:

  • Failing to have personal flotation devices for each person on the boat
  • Failing to have a Coast Guard-approved throwable cushion or life preserver on vessels under 16 feet, including canoes and kayaks
  • Failing to have an operational fire extinguisher on board
  • Failing to have proper navigation lights on board
  • Failing to equip the vessel with a backfire flame arrestor
  • Failing to have an effective ventilation system or muffling system
  • Exceeding 15 mph while boating at night
  • Skiing in no-ski zone areas

Individuals must be at least 16 to operate a motorboat with more than 15 hp. Operators between the ages of 12 and 15 must be supervised by an adult who is 18 years or older. Law enforcement will pursue charges against individuals who violate these laws.

Defending Against BUI Charges

Alcohol is a factor in 39 percent of all fatal boating accidents in California. Law enforcement takes a strong stance against individuals accused of operating a boat with a blood alcohol level of .08 or more. Attorney John M. Kucera is committed to defending individuals facing BUI charges.

Mr. Kucera will conduct a thorough investigation to determine if another factor, such as a defective product or poor weather conditions, ultimately caused an accident, not the alcohol use. He will fight for a dismissal based on any violations of your constitutional rights or procedural errors.

Contact An Experienced BUI Defense Lawyer

If you are accused of allowing bow riding or face charges for another boat violation, contact Mr. Kucera online today to schedule a free 30-minute consultation. His law office is located one-half block north of the Shasta County Courthouse in Redding. He is committed to defending clients throughout Northern California.