Driving in and around Atlanta is almost a non negotiable fact. We have to get around, and our public transportation system needs to be improved. Most of us even despise the fact we have to get in our cars and spend hours in traffic each day. Because driving is an important way of life in the ATL, and Georgia has very strict Suspended License Laws, we feel that we are almost forced to push that law to the brink of not being able to drive, versus, “I have to drive”. However, this can lead to serious consequences.
There are three ways to lose your driving privileges in Atlanta:
- Cancellation: This happens if you are ineligible to have a license—perhaps due to incorrect information on your application.
- Revocation: Driving privileges are terminated for a specific period—as determined by the Department of Driver Services (DDS).
- Suspension: Driving privileges are temporarily withdrawn for a specific period.
There are different requirements for applying for reinstatement for all three situations.
What are the Reasons for Suspended Licenses?
In Atlanta, certain crimes will result in mandatory suspension:
- Vehicular homicide
- Commission of a felony in which a motor vehicle is used
- Fleeing or attempting to elude an officer using a motor vehicle
- Fictitious use of or fraudulent application for a license
- Leaving the scene of an accident or hit and run
- Illegal racing
- Operating a motor vehicle with a revoked, canceled, or suspended registration
- Felony forgery relating to an identification document
Suspension can also be ordered for:
- Refusing a chemical test for a DUI
- Driving without insurance conviction
- Driving on a suspended license
- Failure to respond to a traffic citation or to appear in court
- Any violation of the Georgia Control Substance Act
- An accumulation of 15 points within 24 months—including convictions for out of state violations
- A Georgia DUI conviction
What Are the Penalties for Driving on a Suspended License?
Atlanta does not take this traffic infraction lightly. State law is very clear on what happens if you are caught driving on a suspended license:
- For a first offense, you will be charged with a misdemeanor and possibly spend two days in jail. In addition, you will pay a minimum $500 fine and will probably lose your license for an additional six months.
- For a second (or more) offense within a five-year period, you will spend ten days in jail, pay a fine from $1,000 to $2,500 , and have more time added to your suspension period.
No one wants any of these things to happen, but they can and do. Depending on the way your case is presented and handled, your life can be turned upside down.
What to Do If Caught Driving on a Suspended License
If you are caught driving on a suspended license, you should contact the Howard Law Group immediately. You could be saving money, time, and your very freedom by getting experienced, aggressive representation.
Contact the Howard Law Group today to protect your rights. Let us help you put your life back in order.