Driving Without a License

What Happens If I Get Charged With Driving Without a License in Georgia?

In the state of Georgia, operating a motor vehicle without a driver’s license is more than just another type of traffic ticket or citation. This type of violation is instead a serious offense that has the potential to result in serious penalties. Individuals who are charged with such an offense frequently find it essential to retain the services of a skilled attorney who can make sure that an individual’s case resolves in the best possible manner. These individuals often benefit substantially by understanding some of the key details about driving without a license.

Statistics about Accidents Involving Drivers that Are Not Properly Licensed

Statistics indicate that a startling number of motor vehicle drivers and passengers are severely injured each year in accidents involving drivers that are not properly licensed. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has released a report, “Unlicensed to Kill” that reports one out of every seven motor vehicle collisions in the United States involves a motor vehicle operator without a valid driver’s license. This report further projects that unlicensed motor vehicle drivers cause 8,400 traffic fatalities each year. Additionally, this study reports that twenty-eight percent of motor vehicle drivers involved in a fatal collision while unlicensed had a driving record that included at least three suspensions or revocations in the course of the previous three years.

The Requirements to Obtain a Georgia Driver’s License

In order to obtain a driver’s license in the state of Georgia, an individual must pass a vision exam, take a knowledge test, and pay a $10 permit fee. For individuals who are not yet eighteen years of age, the individual must hold a learner’s permit for one year and one day before the individual becomes eligible to take a road skills exam.Adult drivers, however, can take a road skills exam without satisfying the one-year and one-day requirement.

Applicable Georgia Law

A charge of driving without a license refers to three different scenarios, which include the following:

The state of Georgia contains law that exempts several groups of individuals from the requirement that an individual must have a valid driver’s license in order to operate a motor vehicle. These particular groups include the following:

The Consequences of Driving Without a License

There are two types of charges of which motorists in the state of Georgia should be aware: driving without a license and driving on a suspended license.

Defending Against a Charge of Driving Without a License

A driving without a license in the state can be particularly difficult to defend. Once the district attorney or prosecutor proves that an individual drove without a valid license, an individual then bears the burden of proving that the individual did possess a valid driver’s license at the time of the citation. Without evidence that the driver held a valid license, the driver will likely lose the case. Two other types of potential defenses including arguing that an individual was not driving a motor vehicle. Another potential defense is arguing that administrative errors occurred and that as a result the individual’s license was wrongly suspended. Be sure to discuss all of your defenses with a skilled attorney from Yeargan & Kert, LLC.

Obtain the Services of a Skilled Driving Ticket Attorney from Yeargan & Kert, LLC

If you have been charged with driving without a license, it is almost always a wise idea to quickly retain the services of a skilled attorney. The legal counsel at Yeargan & Kert, LLC can help individuals charged with such offenses in several ways including arguing before a court of law for the best situation possible, identifying aspects that might create a strong defense, and pursuing the possibility of reduced sentencing. Take control of your situation today by contacting our law firm. Contact Yeargan & Kert, LLC.

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