Driving on a Suspended License in Georgia

Criminal charges for getting behind the wheel with a revoked or suspended license.

Like all states, Georgia will suspend or revoke a motorist’s driving privileges for a variety of different reasons. A suspension typically means a temporary withdrawal of your driving privileges. A revocation, on the other hand, is the termination of driving privileges. If you drive during a license suspension or revocation period, you’ll likely face criminal charges.

Reasons for Suspension and Revocation

Under Georgia law, there’s a long list of violations and conduct that can lead to license suspension or revocation.

Criminal Convictions

A number of criminal convictions can result in license suspension or revocation. These include:

And, regardless of whether you’re ultimately convicted of a DUI, you’ll face license suspension if you refuse alcohol testing in violation of Georgia’s implied consent law.

Traffic Tickets and Point Suspensions

Georgia uses a traffic violation point system. Typically, a suspension can occur if you accumulate 15 or more points on your driving record within 24 months without attending a driver improvement clinic. Points accumulate for convictions such as reckless or aggressive driving, speeding, or violating child safety restraint laws.

Child Support Suspensions

Although unrelated to driving, your license can be suspended for not complying with a child support obligation. The suspension may last until you show proof that you are complying with your child support order.

Reinstating Your License

After your period of suspension or revocation ends, you must reinstate your license before driving again. Your reinstatement fee may vary. In some situations, it may be:

  • $210 (or $200 if paid by mail) for a first conviction
  • $310 (or $300 if paid by mail) for a second conviction within five years, and
  • $410 (or $400 if paid by mail) for a third conviction within five years.

Depending on the situation, you may need to complete other requirements and pay other fees before your license will be reinstated.

Charges for Driving After Suspension or Revocation

Driving while under suspension or revocation is a crime. If convicted, your sentence may depend on whether you have previous convictions within five years and other factors.

For certain first offenses, you may be charged with a misdemeanor. Your sentence may involve:

  • between two days and 12 months in jail, and
  • a fine between $500 and $1,000.

For certain second or third offenses within five years, you may be charged with a "high and aggravated misdemeanor," with a sentence that may involve:

  • between 10 days and 12 months in jail, and
  • a fine between $1,000 and $2,500.

In some situations, for fourth or subsequent convictions within five years, you may be charged with a felony. Your sentence may involve:

  • between one and five years in prison, and
  • a fine between $2,500 and $5,000.

In addition, your suspension or revocation period may be extended by six months if you are convicted of driving after suspension or revocation.

You may face different penalties if you are considered a habitual offender. A habitual offender is someone whose license has been revoked after three or more convictions for certain driving crimes within a five-year period.

Seeking Help for Driving After Suspension or Revocation Charges

Although you have now learned some basic information about driving after suspension or revocation charges, you should consider hiring an attorney if you are facing this charge. A conviction may come with serious penalties, including the possibility of jail time and fines. Your ability to stay employed, go to school, and live your life may be affected. The law provides maximum, and sometimes minimum penalties, but your actual sentence will depend on your specific situation and on the view prosecutors and judges involved in your case have of the charge. An attorney who is familiar with these cases in your area will be able to give you the best advice.

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