Dealing with Having a Suspended license in Georgia

Posted by Richard Lawson | Mar 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

One of the most difficult consequences of a DUI conviction is time spent without the privilege to drive.  One of the worst things a person can do is be caught driving while their license is suspended.  The consequences can include:

  • Violation of probation
  • Additional jail time
  • A minimum of six additional months of license suspension
  • Cancelation of insurance coverage
  • In the case of being a Habitual Violator, it may result in the forfeiture of the automobile.

Keep in mind, a Georgia driver's license will never reinstate itself.  All suspensions are indefinite, meaning they last forever unless active steps are taken to resolve the suspension.  Additionally, all suspensions run consecutively to one another.  That means when a person is convicted of a new offense while their license is already suspended; the new suspension will start the competition of the first suspension.  The result is what I call the suspended license merry-go-round.  The "ride" never stops until a person finally gets their license back.  Otherwise, one suspension leads to another and another.

How to Get Off the Suspended License Merry-Go-Round:

Other than the obvious, take Über, a cab, or public transit (MARTA) if available.  Try home delivery of groceries and food from companies like GrubHub and Mobile Waiters.  Shop with their Prime service.  Join Netflix, Hulu, or other online entertainment sources.  Most importantly, try to work from home as much as possible or offer to pay a co-worker's gas for rides to work. There are a lot more (less expensive) transportation alternatives available for those who are unable to drive for whatever reason; and in the end, are more agreeable than the consequences mentioned above of getting caught driving while your license is suspended.

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