Under 21 Years of Age - GA License Suspension
Suspension of your Georgia Driver’s License is difficult to handle but especially difficult if you are a GA driver under the age of 21. If a young driver receives a license suspension and can’t get to work, school or around town it can be difficult on the parent as well as the youth. Depending upon the severity of the offense, the Georgia Driver’s License of an under 21 year old can be suspended for 6 months or 12 months.
Do not just pay the fine and plead guilty to whatever the charge is, contact an experienced Georgia Traffic Lawyer now for a free consultation, protect your rights and your Georgia driver’s license from suspension.
If you are UNDER 18 years of age, your GA Driver’s License will be suspended after you have accumulated 4 points in any consecutive 12 month period. The suspension period of your Georgia driver's license is 6 months and during that time, early reinstatement or limited permit is not allowed. The young driver must complete a Defensive Driving class, retake the Georgia driver's exam, and pay a fee to have the driver's license reinstated at the end of the 6-month suspension period.
Georgia drivers who are 18 to 20 years of age incur slightly less strict penalties than their younger counterparts, with an allowed accumulation of 15 points in a 24 month period before Georgia Driver’s License Suspension will occur. However, if you are convicted of any one traffic offense that is worth 4 or more points under Georgia’s driver’s license point system, your license will be suspended.
The most serious of offenses committed by Georgia drivers under 21 years of age mean an automatic 6 month license suspension if convicted of any of the following:
- Hit and run or leaving the scene of an accident in violation of Code Section 4-6-270.
- Racing on highways or streets.
- Using a motor vehicle in fleeing or attempting to elude an officer.
- Reckless driving.
- Any offense for which four or more points are assessable under subsection (c) of Code Section 40-5-57.
*Unlawful passing of a school bus.
*Improper passing on a hill or curve.
*Exceeding the speed limit by 24 miles per hour or more.
- Purchasing an alcoholic beverage.
- Driving under the Influence.
- Aggressive Driving, Code Section 40-6-397. (Item #5)
- Misrepresenting age for purpose of illegally obtaining any alcoholic beverage (3-3-23 (a) (3)).
- Misrepresenting identity or using false identification for purpose of purchasing or obtaining any alcoholic beverage (3-3-23 (a) (5) ).
- The driver's license of any person under 18 years of age who has accumulated a violation point count of four or more points within any 12 month period.
A person whose driver's license has been suspended for driving under the influence shall not be issued a new driver's license without submitting proof of completion of DUI Alcohol, or Drug Use Risk Reduction Program approved by the Department of Driver Services and payment of a $210 fee if processed in person or $200 if processed by mail. A person suspended for offenses other than DUI shall submit proof of the completion of a Defensive Driving Program approved by the Department of Driver Services, payment of the same fee as specified above.
The length of suspension shall be as follows:
A person whose driver's license has been suspended under subsection (a) of Code Section 40-5-57.1 shall:
Except as otherwise provided by paragraph (2) of Code Section 40-5-57.1:
- Upon a first suspension, be eligible to apply for and, subject to the requirements of Code Section 40-5-27 and payment of the required fees, be issued a new driver's license six months from the effective date of suspension; and
- Upon a second or subsequent such suspension, be eligible to apply for and, subject to the requirements of Code Section 40-5-27 and payment of required fees, be issued a new driver's license 12 months from the effective date of suspension.
If the driver's license was suspended for violation of Code Section 40-6-391 and the driver's alcohol concentration at the time of the offense was 0.08 grams or more, be eligible to apply for and, subject to the requirements of Code Section 40-5-27 and payment of required fees, be issued a new driver's license 12 months from the effective date of suspension.
Some information on this page from Georgia.gov website.