As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I wrote about a man who has been accused both DUI in Georgia and of stealing an ambulance in Clarke County last week. According to reports out of Cobb County, there was also an incident of ambulance theft.
William Chastain allegedly stole an ambulance from outside of Kennestone Hospital when the keys were left inside the vehicle. Marietta police tracked the ambulance using its GPS locators and discovered the ambulance in a park in Woodstock. Chastain has been charged with theft as well as driving on a suspended license in Georgia.
In today's post I will outline the frustrating and seemingly never-ending legal cycle known as license suspension in Georgia.
Driving on a Suspended License in Georgia
Most people are unaware that driving on a suspended license In Georgia is considered a serious offense and can even lead to arrest. Georgia officers are likely to arrest you if they check your driver's license and find it suspended or if you have no driver's license at all.
This is typically the chain of events in the suspended license cycle.
- You get a suspended license for a DUI in Georgia, or for failing to pay a traffic ticket.
- You are found guilty of the suspended license.
- This causes yet another suspended license.
- As a result, your license suspension is extended by a minimum of another 6 months.
- So, then each and every arrest and conviction results in a further suspension of your drivers license.
The most important thing is to stop the cycle - we can help you now. We will advise you on how to get your license re-instated. Whether it's settling old unpaid tickets or find out what the Georgia Department of Drivers Services needs in order to reinstate the license.
Once your license is reinstated, we will work towards the dismissal or reduction of your pending suspended license charge. That's how the suspended license cycle stops. We need to get the pending suspended license charge dismissed. Once we get your last suspended license charge dismissed or reduced to a lessor charge such as no license on person, you can then get off the suspended license cycle.
As a Georgia DUI Attorney, the best piece of advice I can give once we have settled the cycle for you is:
Never allow yourself to get into the suspended license cycle again. Our lawyers are trained to get to the bottom of your drivers license problems and help you avoid the ever-increasing consequences of driving on a suspended license.
Driving on a suspended license is generally considered a misdemeanor offense, however it can be upgraded to a high and aggravated misdemeanor offense if there are prior convictions on your record. You may also find yourself labeled as a habitual violator and be charged with a felony. If you or a loved one has been arrested, contact us today.