Coast Guard License Defense

Defending License Suspension, Revocation and Denials

Great Lakes Maritime Lawyer

If you are convicted of a crime in state court or have violated a safety regulation, your Coast Guard license may be in jeopardy. An experienced attorney can help increase your chances of keeping your license.

Coast Guard Experience

Attorney Thom Cafferty is a former Coast Guard officer with experience as the chief of a regional examination center and as a marine casualty officer. His extensive knowledge of the Coast Guard's many rules and regulations enables him to effectively handle your Coast Guard license defense.

Contact us to arrange a free, one-hour initial consultation.

Will Your Merchant Mariner's License be Suspended?

Under United States law, your license can be suspended or revoked for:

  • Violating a marine safety regulation / standards of conduct
  • Misconduct, incompetence or negligence while operating under the authority of your Coast Guard issued Merchant Mariner's License
  • Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol (DUI/DWI)
  • Reckless driving or a fatal driving accident
  • Violating a federal or state drug law
  • Use of, or addiction to, an illegal drug
  • Any conviction (including those not related to maritime activity) in a state court may be reviewed by the Coast Guard to determine if such a conviction would be cause to deny the renewal of your license, to deny an initial application for a license, or to take action to suspend or revoke your license between renewal periods

New Coast Guard Resources Require Experienced Defense

The Coast Guard's Suspension and Revocation National Center of Excellence provides prosecuting attorneys to help Coast Guard investigating officers throughout the suspension and revocation (S&R) process.

When facing this vast network of legal resources, you need a skilled and experienced advocate by your side. Our firm will aggressively defend you, whether you are facing suspension, revocation or a denial of your initial or renewal application from the Regional Exam Centers or the National Maritime Center.

Coast Guard License Suspension Procedure

Once the Coast Guard has reason to believe that your Coast Guard license should be suspended or revoked, they will deploy investigative officers to gather evidence for a hearing. We will also investigate the charges, gather evidence and prepare a strong case for the S&R hearing and, if necessary, any appeals.

Representing Great Lakes, Upper Mississippi River and Ohio River Mariners

We provide representation to mariners throughout the Great Lakes, the upper Mississippi River and the Ohio River areas. Call or e-mail the Thom Cafferty Law Office to learn how we can help you defend against license suspension, revocation or denial.