What Happens When Your Driver’s License Is Suspended?Written on June 20, 2014
An everyday activity, like driving, is easy to take for granted. In a city like Atlanta, with its many suburbs, commuting to work or hopping in the car for a trip to the grocery store is a regular part of each and every day.
A suspended or revoked driver’s license is a huge inconvenience if you rely on your car to take care of life’s everyday necessities. If you are caught driving with a suspended driver’s license, that inconvenience becomes a trip to jail.
The Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) is the agency responsible for issuing licenses, and suspended them in certain situations. If your license is suspended or revoked, it will be for a certain period of time. When that period ends, you may apply to have your driving privileges restored.
A license may be taken away for a number of reasons. Those include, but aren’t limited to, conviction of certain crimes like: Homicide by vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident, racing, refusal to take a chemical test related to driving under the influence and any violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act.
The most common reason for having a license suspended is failure to appear in court or respond to a traffic citation. That’s when a simple speeding ticket, or other traffic infraction, is not paid or you fail to show up in court when scheduled to do so.
People are booked into county jails in the area on a daily basis for driving on a suspended license and often times don’t even know their license was suspended. In many cases, they thought the ticket had been taken care of but for some reason the DDS still suspended their license. If convicted of driving with a suspended license, you will face between 2 days and 12 months in jail, in addition to fines. A trip to jail because of a license issue, where you will be booked in and processed alongside people accused of much more serious crimes, can be a harrowing ordeal.
If your license is suspended, or you find yourself in jail because of a suspended license, contact an attorney immediately. Don’t try to take on the system alone. There are a few things you can do, however, to avoid having these problems in the first place:
1. Be sure to take care of a traffic ticket as soon as possible. If you are going to fight the ticket, be in court when you are supposed to be.
2. If you move, have your license updated with your current address. That way, if your license is suspended, you will promptly receive all correspondences regarding your driving privileges before you are pulled over and handcuffed.
3. You can check the status of your license at any time through the DDS website. If you have had a ticket, or even think there may be a problem, go to https://online.dds.ga.gov/dlstatus/ and verify that your license is valid.
For immediate consultation and assistance with any legal problem you may encounter, contact the attorneys at The Silverbach Group. We are here to help you and protect your rights. You can reach us at 770-635-0334.