I am helping a fellow mariner who as an all-too-common problem. He was busted for a DUI over the weekend. He has an uninspected 1600-ton mate license. He spent a night in jail and was released. He goes to a preliminary court hearing this week. Of course he’s in serious trouble with the law, which is one thing. But he is also wondering about his USCG license. He knows that when he renews his license 4+ years from now he will be required to divulge any DUI convictions.
The question is, will the USCG suspend it before then? Does the USCG have real-time knowledge of DUIs and take action on the license before the renewal phase? Or to put it another way, does a red light pop up at the NMC saying John Doe was just convicted of a DUI in Montana, so track him down and suspend his license immediately?