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Maritime License Defense

Defending License Suspension, Revocation and Denials

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

The attorneys at Anderson & Mitchell have been through the maze of Coast Guard licensing. Wayne Mitchell formerly held a license as Third Mate Unlimited, while Bob Anderson holds a current license of Unlimited Master. Both Bob and Wayne recognize the tremendous amount of effort it takes to obtain a license and will do everything possible to make sure you retain yours.

Contact us to arrange a free 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 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 Alaska and West Coast Mariners

We provide representation to mariners throughout the Pacific Northwest including Alaska, Washington. Call or e-mail Anderson & Mitchell to learn how we can help you defend against license suspension, revocation or denial.

Client Reviews
I'm so glad the lawyers at Anderson & Mitchell were there for me. The result of their work has changed my life! I can now move on with my life without financial worry. I'd recommend Anderson & Mitchell to anyone who needs a good lawyer! Eric W.
I was very pleased how Mr. Anderson kept me informed of the progress of my case. He was easy to talk to and took the time to explain things. My injury case was settled in a very professional manner and I was pleased with the outcome. Thank you! Dana B.
My case was unusual and needed creative lawyers to see it through. Bob and Wayne were there for me every step of the way. I have since referred several friends to them for legal help. They do a great job! Randy N.