If you just ignore a speeding ticket or other moving violation you received in Georgia or fail to appear in court on the appointed date for your ticket, and then do nothing at all which includes forgetting about the ticket or ignoring it by sticking it in a drawer, eventually your driver’s license will be suspended. The average time period between an unpaid/FTA ticket and actual license suspension is around 6-8 months in most cases but it does vary from state to state and in some instances may come back to haunt you long after you thought you didn’t have to worry about it any more. Plus, depending on the violation, a bench warrant could be issued for your arrest if you fail to appear in court.
If you receive a ticket in Georgia and live in another state, its a pretty good bet that eventually the Department of Motor Vehicles or the Department of Driver Services in Georgia will share the information about your unpaid fine or failure to appear with the DMV in your state and your license will be suspended in your home state. This sharing of information about your driving history is called reciprocity and though you may read online that your state does not participate in what’s known as the Driver Compact Agreement, it doesn’t mean that your outstanding speeding ticket in Georgia won’t be shared with your state.
We get calls from drivers that reside in many other states across the country who are blindsided when they find out, typically when stopped for another traffic violation in their own state, that they are driving with a suspended license due to an unresolved ticket in Georgia. Certain courts may impose a fine for Failure to Appear, so now the driver is responsible for the cost of the original ticket fine and court costs PLUS the failure to appear fine. It can be a fairly expensive proposition either way because now an impacted driver would need to go get the license issues cleared up and that includes extra time and effort.
Call us for a free consultation regarding your suspended license issue. If you want your license back, we will work to resolve the issues involving outstanding speeding tickets, traffic tickets, and other moving traffic violations so you can start driving again.