If you’re facing a driver’s license suspension in Georgia, you may be wondering how long the suspension will last. The answer depends on several factors, including the reason for the suspension and any previous driving offenses.
Reasons for Suspension
There are several reasons why your driver’s license may be suspended in Georgia. Some common reasons include:
- Accumulating too many points on your driving record
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Refusing to take a breathalyzer or blood test
- Failing to pay traffic fines or appear in court
- Driving with a suspended license
- Being convicted of certain crimes, such as vehicular homicide or reckless driving
- Length of Suspension
The length of your license suspension in Georgia will depend on the reason for the suspension. Here are some examples:
- Accumulating too many points on your driving record: If you accumulate 12 or more points on your driving record within a 12-month period, your license will be suspended for six months. If you accumulate 18 or more points within a 24-month period, your license will be suspended for one year.
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol: If you’re convicted of a first offense DUI, your license will be suspended for six months. If you’re convicted of a second offense DUI, your license will be suspended for one year. If you’re convicted of a third or subsequent offense DUI, your license will be suspended for two years.
- Refusing to take a breathalyzer or blood test: If you refuse to take a breathalyzer or blood test, your license will be suspended for six months for a first offense and nine months for a second or subsequent offense.
- Failing to pay traffic fines or appear in court: If you fail to pay traffic fines or appear in court, your license will be suspended until you resolve the issue.
- Driving with a suspended license: If you’re caught driving with a suspended license, your license will be suspended for an additional period of time.
- Being convicted of certain crimes: The length of your license suspension will depend on the specific crime you were convicted of.
Reinstating Your License
Once your license suspension period has ended, you’ll need to take steps to reinstate your license. The process will vary depending on the reason for the suspension, but may include paying fines, completing a defensive driving course, or providing proof of insurance. You may also need to appear in court or attend a hearing.
If your license was suspended due to a DUI conviction, you’ll be required to complete an Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program (ADSAP) before your license can be reinstated. This program includes an assessment, education, and treatment if necessary.
It’s important to note that if you’re caught driving with a suspended license, you could face additional penalties, including fines, jail time, and an extended license suspension. It’s always best to wait until your license has been reinstated before getting behind the wheel.
If you’re unsure about the status of your license or how to go about reinstating it, you can contact the Georgia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for more information. They can provide guidance on the steps you need to take to get your license back and answer any questions you may have.
It’s also worth noting that Georgia offers a restricted license option for some drivers. This allows you to drive to work, school, and other necessary activities during your license suspension period. However, there are specific requirements for obtaining a restricted license, and not everyone is eligible.
At Willis Law Firm, we understand that a driver’s license suspension can be a stressful and confusing experience. That’s why we offer legal assistance to clients facing license suspensions in Georgia. We can evaluate your case, represent you in court, assist with the reinstatement process, and help you obtain a restricted license if applicable. Our team of experienced attorneys is dedicated to providing personalized and effective legal representation to each of our clients. We will work closely with you to understand your unique situation and develop a customized legal strategy that meets your specific needs. If you’re facing a driver’s license suspension in Georgia, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for assistance. We’re here to help.