(404) 816-4440

Blog

About Richard Lawson

Georgia Habitual Violator Designation

Posted by Richard Lawson | Jun 08, 2018 | 0 Comments

Serious charges may result from any charge of driving under the influence (DUI) in Georgia. These charges may result in consequences such as jail time, fines, and a driver's license suspension. In many cases, a driver who is charged with DUI learns from his or her experience and never drives intoxicated again.

Those who drive under the influence and are charged multiple times may face the habitual violator designation under Georgia law. Whether this is your first or fourth DUI arrest, you need an experienced Georgia DUI attorney to ensure your rights are protected.

Habitual Violators - What Are They?

A Georgia habitual violator is a status, or an identification, not a separate criminal offense. To be designated a habitual violator, a person must have been arrested for and charged with a DUI offense three (3) times within a five (5) year period of time. Once those offenses have been committed, a driver will be labeled a habitual violator.

As a result of the habitual violator status, your driver's license will be suspended for five (5) years. Unlike other DUI charges, you are unable to apply for any permit to drive until you have served at least two (2) years of your license suspension.

Obtaining the Probationary Permit

After serving two years of the suspension, a driver can obtain a permit for a probationary license which can last for up to three years. To get that permit, the driver must show:

  • The driver has completed necessary risk reduction or treatment programs;
  • The driver has not been convicted of certain offenses while on habitual violator status;
  • Proof of insurance;
  • Extreme hardship if the temporary permit is not granted (usually because of work or school);
  • A sworn affidavit stating that the driver does not abuse alcohol or use illegal substances.

Even if your probationary license is granted, certain restrictions may be placed on your ability to drive, such as where you may go and during what times you may travel. You should pay close attention to any restrictions placed on your ability to drive as violations can result in further punishment.

Driving While a Habitual Violator - The Consequences

Serious consequences arise when a driver chooses to operate his or her vehicle while labeled a habitual violator. You could face revocation of your temporary license, jail time, and high fines as a result of any violation.

Four levels of a habitual violator offense are possible:

  1. Violation of Probationary License Terms: This occurs when you have a permit to drive, but exceed the scope of the limitations placed on your permit.
  2. Driving Without a License After Suspension, but Before Obtaining New License: A driver who fails to get a new license but drives in spite of that can be charged with a misdemeanor.
  3. Arrested for DUI While Under Habitual Violator Status: This is the most serious variation of violating your status. You can face felony charges, prison time, and high fines. You may also face additional charges under the Georgia habitual violator statute.
  4. Driving Without a License While Under Suspension: This is a crime even if you are not intoxicated because you are not permitted to drive. You can be charged with a felony offense, which can result in a prison sentence.

Protect Your Rights

If you have been arrested for DUI in Georgia, an experienced Georgia DUI attorney can inform you of the possible consequences of your case. Make sure your legal rights are protected.

A habitual violator status can significantly change your life. Contact us today for a free consultation.

About the Author

Richard Lawson

Richard Lawson has devoted his entire career to DUI Defense. He exclusively handles DUI Cases. As a former DUI Prosecutor he knows both sides of your case. Put his experience to work for you. You only have 30 days to protect your right to drive. Call now for immediate attention. We are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

Comments

There are no comments for this post. Be the first and Add your Comment below.

Leave a Comment

Choosing the Best DUI Lawyer

Richard lawson logo

When you are arrested for DUI in Georgia, finding the right Lawyer is Job #1. At the Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson we will investigate your case and find the best possible legal defense to your DUI in Georgia. You are in good hands with Richard Lawson and his associates. We will work tirelessly to help you while compassionately holding your hand throughout the entire DUI Defense Process.

Georgia DUI Defense Attorneys

At the Law Office of Richard S. Lawson, we have offices conveniently located throughout metro Atlanta and throughout Georgia. If we do not have a convenient office, we will come to you. We practice throughout Metro Atlanta and North Georgia. If your case is in an area we do not serve, we will find you an attorney in your area free of charge. Our office is part of a State-wide network of Georgia DUI Lawyers. Contact us 24/7 for immediate legal help. Our attorneys are standing by. Your DUI Case will not defend itself. Your Best Georgia DUI Defense Begins Here!