Posted by Jim Yeargan in on October 22, 2014
Driving with a suspended license is a very serious offense. A Georgia driver’s license, or someone’s privilege to drive in this state may be suspended, revoked, or cancelled for many reasons.These reasons include failure to appear in court, convictions for driving under the influence, or drug possession, or child support obligations.
Driving With A Suspended License Penalties
The penalties for driving with a suspended license can be incredibly severe. A conviction carries a minimum fine of $500 plus court costs, and 2 days in jail. If you were arrested when the officer pulled you over most judges will not send you back to jail if you are convicted of driving with a suspended license.
This is true even if you only spent a few hours in jail on the initial arrest. If you were not arrested the judge will make you go to jail because your fingerprints must be taken, and entered into the system. This creates a criminal background for you, and the charge goes on your criminal history. Also, if you are pulled over for this offense the officer will most likely impound your car, and have it towed away from the scene, even if you are not arrested.
Driving With A Suspended License Additional License Suspension
A conviction for driving with a suspended license will create an additional suspend of your driver’s license. This is a minimum suspension period of 6 months. This suspension is a hard suspension which means there is not a limited permit available for work, school, or any other activity.
If you are convicted of driving with a suspended license your license will be further suspended, and you will not be able to legally drive for any reason. Entering a plea of nolo contendere, or no contest, may stop this suspension depending on your driving history, and when you last entered a nolo plea.