Traffic Violation Penalties

Driving is a privilege, not a right, in Georgia. Your ability to operate a vehicle is extremely important and traffic tickets can have a significant impact on that. In Georgia, like most states, traffic violations count against your driving record. In some cases, even a single violation can cause your license to be suspended. The Georgia Department of Driver Services can suspend your license for any of the following reasons

  1. Homicide by vehicle.
  2. A conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  3. Any felony in the commission of which a motor vehicle is used.
  4. Using a motor vehicle in fleeing or attempting to elude an officer.
  5. Fraudulent or fictitious use of, or application for, a license.
  6. Hit and run or leaving the scene of an accident.
  7. Racing.
  8. If you refuse to take a chemical test for intoxication, then your license will be suspended for 12 months.
  9. Operating a motor vehicle with a revoked, canceled, or suspended registration in violation of Code Section 40-6-15.
  10. Conviction for driving without insurance is a 60/90-day suspension.
  11. If convicted for driving while license is suspended, revoked or canceled, your driver's license will be further suspended for six months.
  12. If you fail to appear in court or respond to a citation, your license may be suspended indefinitely.
  13. Your driver's license will be suspended if you are convicted of possession, distribution, manufacture, cultivation, sale or transfer of a controlled substance or marijuana.
  14. The Department is authorized to suspend your license if its records or other evidence shows that you have accumulated 15 points within 24 months under the point system, including violations committed out of state.

Among other reasons, points are accumulated for the following:

Reckless Driving - 4 points
Unlawful passing school bus - 6 points
Improper passing on hill or curve 4 points
Speeding 15 mph but less than 19 mph - 2 points19 mph but less than 24 mph - 3 points24 mph but less than 34 mph - 4 points34 mph or more - 6 points
Disobedience of any traffic-control device or traffic officer - 3 points
Possessing an open container of an alcoholic beverage while driving - 2 points
Failure to adequately secure a load - 2 points
All other moving violations - 3 points
Child restraint (1st offense) - 1 point
Child restraint (2nd and subsequent offense) - 2 points
Aggressive driving (A conviction of aggressive driving by a person under 21 yearsof age will result in a suspension of the driver's license.) - 6 points
HOV lane violation - 4th and subsequent offense - 1 point

If you're facing a traffic ticket of any kind, you owe it to yourself to call our office today and speak with a qualified and experienced attorney. Call us now for a consultation.