FIRST OFFENSE OF DRIVING WHILE LICENSE SUSPENDED OR REVOKED
If you drive (even sober) while your Georgia license has been suspended for any reason, there is a mandatory minimum $500 penalty (plus $250 in “surcharges”) and a jail sentence of two days to six months. Driving with a suspended license is a misdemeanor and the fine may be no more than $1,000. Once you plead guilty to, or are convicted of, driving while license suspended or revoked, there is an additional license suspension of at least six months from the date of the conviction or the plea, with no work permit or other exceptions.
SECOND OFFENSE OF DRIVING WHILE LICENSE SUSPENDED OR REVOKED
Upon conviction of, or a guilty plea to driving on a suspended license for the second time, the jail time is 10 days minimum up to one year and the fine is $1,000 minimum up to $2,500 (plus 50% in “surcharges”). It is a high and aggravated misdemeanor. The Department of Driver Services will also automatically suspend your driver’s license for another six months.
SUSPENDED LICENSE DUE TO DUI-DRUGS CONVICTION
On a first conviction or guilty plea to DUI-drugs (O.C.G.A. §40-6-391(a)(2), (4), or (6) in a given five-year period, the license suspension is for a minimum of 180 days. There is no provision for a limited driving per during the 180 days. O.C.G.A. §40-5-80(e). You must complete DUI School in order to reinstate your driver’s license.
On a second conviction or nolo plea in five years to DUI-drugs, the license suspension is for three years with possible reinstatement after one year. Upon the third conviction or nolo plea in five years to DUI-drugs, the license suspension is for five years with the possibility of a limited driving permit after two years.