Driving Without A License
In Georgia, driving without a license is not just another traffic violation. It is a serious offense that should not be ignored and could lead to a Bench Warrant for your arrest for Failure to Appear if you do not pay the ticket or appear in court.. Generally, the only real defense is that you weren’t carrying your license at the time even though you did have a valid license. If you were cited or arrested for driving without a license, contact a driving with no license attorney at Hawkins Spizman Fortas today at (404) 933-1153 for a free case review.
Driving Without Ever Having Had a License
While some states only consider it to be a violation for a person who has never had a license to drive, Georgia classifies this offense as a misdemeanor carrying penalties of up to 12 months in jail or a $1,000 fine. A conviction may also affect your ability to obtain a license in the near future.
Driving With a Suspended License
Driving while your license is suspended is even more serious. The same maximum penalties apply, but there is a minimum sentence of two days in jail and a $500 fine. 2nd and 3rd offenses carry penalties of at least 10 days in jail, a fine between $1,000 to $2,500, a six month additional license suspension, and a license reinstatement fee of up to $410 dollars. Subsequent offenses are felonies with a minimum of one year in prison and a fine of $2,500 to $5,000.
If you’ve been charged with driving without a license or driving while your license is suspended, don’t take any chances. Call a lawyer that handles driving with no license on person tickets as soon as possible. Our traffic violation lawyers can still help you:
- Identify any unique aspects of your situation that may create a viable defense
- Pursue the possibility of pleading guilty to a reduced charge
- Request a restricted license for travel to work instead of a total suspension that could cost you your job
- Argue for the minimum sentence allowed under the law
Start moving forward by contacting our office at 404-933-1153 to schedule your free consultation.
The laws in Georgia dictate that if a motorist accrues 15 points within a 24 month period, the DDS will automatically suspend your license. If you have out of state violations these will also count towards the total number of points. If you are under 21 years of age, the convictions that may result in a suspended license include: reckless driving, racing, accumulation of 4 or more points for improper passing or unlawful passing of a school bus, exceeding speed limit by 24 or more miles per hour, aggressive driving, eluding an officer, misrepresenting I.D. or age, driving under the influence of alcohol or purchasing alcohol and hit and run. For drivers under 18 years of age, any violation 4 point violation will result in a suspension.
Based on the number of points accumulated at the time your license is revoked, the amount of the suspension time will be different . If you have any repeat offenses, GA license suspension may be longer term. The Georgia DDS consider all of the facts of your situation, before determining if a license should be suspended for a short period of time, or taken away for a number of years.
If you are interested in inquiring about license reinstatement on your own, you may contact the Department Of Driver Services 678-413-8400, or toll-free 866-754-3687 if you are from outside metro-Atlanta. You can call to speak directly to a representative who should be able to assist you with reinstatement questions, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am until 4:15 pm.
If you prefer to use US mail, you can also submit a letter requesting the specific requirements for reinstatement of your GA suspended driver’s license to : Georgia Department of Driver Services, Post Office Box 80447, Conyers, Ga. 30013. The letter must contain your name exactly as it appears on your driver’s license, license number, date of birth, correct mailing address, and your signature.
You may visit one of the Department of Driver Services Customer Service Centers in person to obtain additional information as well.