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Understanding drivers license suspensions in Georgia

| Sep 7, 2014 | License Suspension |

In the state of Georgia, there are two ways in which a driver’s license may be suspended due to alcohol-related offenses. The first scenario involves a driver refusing to submit to a chemical test during or after being taken into custody for DUI. A second scenario in which this could occur is if a driver is convicted for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Drivers under the age of 21 may have their licenses suspended for several reasons. If such a driver is found to be operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, a license suspension may occur. Minors who use their license to attempt to purchase alcohol while underage could also lose driving privileges. Minors using a false identification or otherwise attempting to misrepresent their age could also be subject to such a penalty.

During a license suspension, it may be possible for a driver to obtain a limited driving permit. This permit enables the driver to get to work, school or a place where prescription drugs are to be obtained. It is also permissible to drive to support groups for the purpose of overcoming an addiction or to a driver education class. Drivers who are under the age of 21 are generally not eligible for such a permit.

Talking to a DUI defense attorney may make it possible for a driver to have drunk driving charges reduced or dropped. This may eliminate the possibility of a driver’s license suspension or make it more likely to reduce the length of such a suspension. An attorney may also be able to help drivers under the age of 21 obtain a plea bargain to avoid a lengthy suspension or license revocation.

Source: dds.ga.gov, “Driver’s License Suspensions and Revocations”, September 04, 2014