When the state of Georgia suspends your license, you're prohibited from driving for a specified period of time, and until you go through the process to get it reinstated. This can make getting to and from work, shuttling kids between school and extracurricular activities, and running other necessary errands extremely difficult. The inconvenience of being unable to use their vehicle leads some people to roll the dice, get behind the wheel, and just hope they won't be caught.
Unfortunately, though it may have seemed like a good idea at the time, driving on a suspended license can have serious and wide-ranging consequences.
For example, if you're caught driving while your license is suspended, you could face:
- Misdemeanor charges that carry between two days and 12 months in jail, as well as a fine of up to $1,000 for the first offense.
- “High and aggravated” misdemeanor charges carrying between 10 days and 12 months in jail, and a fine between $1,000 and $2,500 for certain second or third offenses within five years.
- Felony charges that carry between one and five years in prison, and fines between $2,500 and $5,000 for fourth or subsequent offenses within five years.
That's not all: if you're convicted of driving on a suspended license, you could have your suspension extended by six months. Having a conviction for driving with a suspended license on your record can also make it difficult to obtain the state of Georgia's required auto insurance.
Facing consequences for driving while your license was suspended? You need a skilled Atlanta defense attorney to advocate for your interests. Fortunately, you've come to the right place. At Rechtman & Spevak, attorney Dantel D. Ruiz can mount a vigorous defense on your behalf. Ms. Ruiz boasts extensive knowledge and experience, having previously served as a lead attorney for the biggest criminal defense firm in the state.
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