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Certain criminal convictions or misconduct can put your MMC or other document or license at risk, even if you were not under Shipping Articles or aboard at the time of the alleged violation.
The U. S. Coast Guard receives records of driving under the influence (DUI or DWI) convictions constantly from state authorities. The shipping companies report all loggings for alleged misconduct to the Coast Guard. Maritime employers report all refusals to test for drugs and alcohol, even when applying for work. In every case, our goal will be to prevent professional damage to your reputation and loss or suspension of your license or document.
Certain marine casualties cause the Coast Guard to prosecute privileges to sail for involved mariners. The U.S. Coast Guard may refer certain criminal conduct aboard vessels to the U. S. Department of Justice for criminal prosecution.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury on a navigable waterway, call or e-mail our California maritime and admiralty law attorney to set up a consultation. Arnold I. Berschler will either answer your call immediately or return your call within 24 hours. The consultation is free. In personal injury, wrongful death and/or maintenance and cure cases, we offer contingency fees (no attorneys fees upfront).