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Q: I was charged with 29.1-738.01 improper operation of a boat. Could you please let me know what I can expect to happen

When I go to court? I am wondering about the fine and the consequences of a class 3 misdemeanor

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jul 7, 2019

This is something that needs to be discussed with a Virginia attorney who practices criminal law. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Admiralty / Maritime and Civil Litigation for Virginia on
Q: If a marina allows larger boats to overhang their slips and a smaller boat hits the larger boat while the larger boat

is still in its slip not moving, can the marina be sued? So the question is about liability issues a marina might encounter

by allowing boat overhang in the slips.

annegwynn1@gmail.com

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jun 5, 2019

The degree of overhang could be a factor. If the smaller boat was moving, it's likely that it would be confronted by the argument that the other vessel was not moving. Maritime law applies a presumption that serves in favor of a non-moving vessel in encounters with moving vessels. The degree of... Read more »

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