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Maritime Law: Merchant Mariner Credential Suspension And Revocation Proceedings

Our lawyers at Biggs & Gunst P.C. Attorneys At Law are not just maritime lawyers, they are also experienced mariners. Founding partner attorney Scott Gunst has held a Coast Guard captain’s license for more than 15 years. Are you facing a Suspension and Revocation hearing? If you need a license suspension attorney, our Ann Arbor admiralty lawyers provide counsel and guidance that protect professional mariners.

Suspension And Revocation (S&R) Hearings

The Coast Guard is tasked with investigating complaints against mariners. When the Coast Guard determines that a mariner violated maritime laws and regulations, they file a complaint. The complaint sets forth the mariner’s alleged violations and the proposed sanctions. It also assigned an administrative law judge who will ultimately decide the case.

The mariner, or respondent, has the chance to object to the allegations in the complaint. The mariner also has the right to hire an admiralty attorney to represent them in the S&R proceedings. At the S&R hearing, evidence will be presented and witnesses can testify. An attorney who is experienced in maritime law and evidentiary proceedings can protect your rights and help you fight the allegations against you.

Common Violations That Lead To Suspension And Revocation Of A Merchant’s Mariner Credential

S&R proceedings should be taken seriously. As the name suggests, they can result in the suspension or revocation of a merchant mariner’s credentials. Common allegations that can result in a suspension or revocation of mariner credentials include:

  • Marine safety regulation violations
  • Negligence or misconduct while utilizing your merchant mariner credentials (MMC)
  • Testing positive for drug usage
  • Violations of motor vehicle laws, such as a conviction for operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OWI)
  • Criminal charges or convictions

Our maritime lawyers also mariners themselves. They have a thorough understanding of maritime law, and decades of experience as litigators. If your MMC is in jeopardy you can trust our lawyers at Biggs & Gunst P.C. Attorneys At Law to handle your defense in an S&R proceeding.

Consult A License Suspension Lawyer For Free

Our admiralty lawyers offer a free consultation to mariners who are facing suspension and revocation proceedings. To schedule your free appointment, call our office at 734-720-4445 or send us an email using our online form.