Being arrested for DUI is a traumatic experience, regardless of where the event takes place. However, if you are arrested in a national park in Georgia, you can expect to face much harsher consequences for violating both state and federal DUI laws.
National Parks and Land in Georgia
There are 11 national parks and properties in the state of Georgia:
- Andersonville National Historic Site
- Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
- Jimmy Carter National Historic Site
- Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area
- Augusta Canal National Heritage Area
- Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor
- Appalachian National Scenic Trail
- Trail of Tears National Historic Trail
- Cumberland Island National Seashore
- Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park
- Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
- Fort Frederica National Monument
- Fort Pulaski National Monument
- Ocmulgee National Monument
As federally owned land, the properties listed above are patrolled by federal officials such as national park rangers and/or other special agents. The Secretary of Interior regulates all federal land and has the authority to impose separate penalties for violations occurring on land designated as a national park under the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Along with arresting you for criminal DUI, park officials may also issue a one-year ban to restrict you from driving in national parks.
Federal Penalties for a DUI
Although DUI is classified as a misdemeanor offense under the CFR, all DUI cases are prosecuted by an Assistant U.S. Attorney and tried in federal court with no jury present. If you are found guilty of the offense, you may be required to pay up to $5,000 in fees and serve up to six months in federal prison. Probation, community service, and alcohol treatment are also commonly required for a federal DUI conviction.
Defending a FederalArrest
Despite the increased penalties you face if you are arrested for driving under the influence in a national park, there is still hope for your case. With the right legal strategy, many drivers are able to successfully challenge their arrest and avoid both the federal and state penalties of a drunk driving conviction.
To determine the best approach for your situation, contact the attorneys of Kohn & Yager today. Submit your information online to download a free copy of the first chapter of The DUI Book and a member of our firm will be in touch shortly to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation of your case.