Georgia Ticket Defense for Under 21 Drivers
What can suspend your Georgia driver’s license?
Those who are at the greatest risk for a driver’s license suspension are under 21 drivers who get tickets. What can suspend your Georgia driver’s license depends on how old you are. In Georgia, drivers are basically broken down in to three categories based on their age:
- 21 and older
- 18-20 year olds
- 17 and under
One key point about this age is that the age that matters is not when you get the ticket, but the age you are when you are convicted of the offense. By exercising certain rights that are available to everyone charged with a crime, there are opportunities to prolong the case. This can be advantageous to those who are approaching a birthday that will push them in to the next age category.
If you are worried about a ticket and would like help to see if we can help delaying your case to move you to the next age category, call us today at 770-720-6336 to schedule a complimentary Defense Strategy Meeting.
What can suspend your Georgia driver’s license if you are 21 and older?
For those who are 21 and older, your driver’s license can be suspended if:
- you have a total of 15 or more points in a 24 month period; or
- you are convicted of a serious traffic offense.
The most common serious traffic offenses that we see individuals charged with that can result in a suspension of their driver’s license include:
- hit and run,
- fleeing or attempting to elude,
- driving with a suspended registration,
- driving with invalid insurance (or without insurance).
If you are facing a points suspension, or if you’ve been charged with a serious in this age category, there are steps that can be taken to fight the suspension of your Georgia driver’s license.
What can suspend your driver’s license if you are 18-20?
When you move into the 18 to 20 category, all of the same things that would suspend someone 21 and older still apply. This includes getting 15 or more points in 24 months, or being convicted of a serious traffic offenses that carries a driver’s license suspension. However, you have the additional way to have your driver’s license suspended if you are under 21, which is if you are convicted of a single offense that carries four or more points.
The most common places that we see a single ticket that carries four or more points are:
- Speeding 24 or more miles over the speed limit,
- reckless driving,
- aggressive driving,
- improper passing on a hill or a curve, and
- improper passing of a school bus.
Again, you can find a full listing of moving violations and the points they carry by clicking here. If you are under 21 and have a pending traffic ticket, it’s very important to get representation to look for every way to save your driver’s license.
By handling tickets like these since our firm was founded in 2007, we have developed a system that we implement in these cases that explores the available options in a case where an under 21 driver’s license is at stake. If you’d like to discuss having our team implement this system in your case, call us at 770-720-6336 to schedule a complimentary Defense Strategy Meeting.
What can suspend your driver’s license if you are 17 and under?
When you are 17 and under, you are in the category where it is easiest to get your driver’s license suspended.
Like the 18-20 year old drivers, your license will be suspended for a single 4 point offense. Like the 21 and up drivers, your license will be suspended for a serious traffic offense that imposes a driver’s license suspension.
However, instead of having 15 points in a 24 month period, you will have your driver’s license suspended for getting four or more points in a 12 month period.
As you can tell by looking at Georgia’s points schedule, most moving violation in Georgia are three point offenses. This means that if you are convicted of almost any two moving violations, you’ll hit that four points. Hitting that four points will result in a suspension of your Georgia driver’s license.
If you need help with a ticket for someone 17 or younger, call our team at 770-720-6336 to learn how we can help fight these types of cases.
What about under 21 tickets that qualify as a Super Speeder in Georgia?
A common misconception is that a super speeder ticket for someone under 21 will automatically suspend their driver’s license. Whether the ticket is a super speeder or not does not control the suspension of an under 21 driver’s license. The offenses and points outlined above are what determines whether or not the driver’s license is suspended. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be concerned about a super speeder ticket. It still carries additional fines and can impact your car insurance rates.
Is there anything that can be done if my license is already suspended because of a ticket?
People come to us regularly because they get notice that their driver’s license has been suspended after they pay a ticket. This typically happens when someone under 21 with a Georgia driver’s license pays a ticket for a suspendible offense or for an offense that pushes them over their point total. This can happen when they pay a ticket in Georgia or even when they pay an out of state ticket.
There are steps that can be taken to fight a license suspension after its been imposed, but this is a much more challenging avenue than handling the case properly on the front end. Fortunately for our clients, we have been able to help many of them who received a notice of suspension after paying a ticket.
If you’ve received a notice that your Georgia Driver’s License has been suspended and you’d like to explore options to try to get your license reinstated, contact us at 770-720-6336 to learn how we can help.
Should I get a lawyer for my ticket?
We often tell people that the easiest ticket to get resolved in a way that it doesn’t show up on your driver’s history is the first ticket. Some people simply pay the first ticket and get a traffic ticket lawyer when they get a second ticket. Even a first ticket can have negative impacts on your drivers history, suspend your driver’s license, or cause significant insurance increases. We recommend discussing every ticket with an attorney to see if it makes sense to obtain representation for the ticket. This is especially true for under 21 drivers.
Whether you are facing your first ticket or you aren’t sure how many you’ve had in the past, we can help. Contact our office at 770-720-6336 to schedule a complimentary meeting to discuss the tickets you are facing.
Frequently Asked QuestionsWhat is a status offense?
Status offenses are applicable only to children who are subject to juvenile court jurisdiction for non-criminal behavior; and are offenses that would not be illegal if the person wasn’t a juvenile. Characteristically, status offenses include running away from home, curfew violation, truancy, unruly behavior, habitually disobedient of the child’s parent, guardian, or other custodian’s reasonable and lawful commands and is ungovernable.
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