Can I Get a Hardship Driver’s License in Georgia?

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If you have a suspended license due to a DUI or traffic violations, life can stall on you quickly. You may need your car to get to and from work, to go to doctors’ appointments, or to get to school. A hardship driver’s license is also known as limited driving privileges in Georgia. Not everyone is eligible to get a hardship license, and you must meet requirements and obtain approval. Georgia law allows for limited driving privileges in some instances.

Obtaining a Hardship License (Limited Permit)

The Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) oversees the provision and reinstatement of driving privileges. First, you must be eligible for a hardship license, called a limited permit. You may be eligible if this is your first DUI conviction or a first or second suspension for points on your license. 

You may also be eligible after certain second offenses if you complete additional requirements. Once you pass that hurdle, you must then provide proof that the lack of a driver’s license is a hardship.

First, you have to prove that you have no other viable means of getting to work or school and could lose your job as a result. If you need to get to medical appointments or a treatment program, you must prove you have the ability to drive. Proper documentation is necessary to prove your situation. If this is a second DUI offense, you may be required to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle. If you are under the age of 21, you are not allowed to obtain a limited permit.

Reinstating Your License after DUI Suspension

In Georgia, you may have had your license suspended due to a DUI conviction. Your license will be suspended for four months (six months for a drug conviction). After that, you are eligible to get your license reinstated. You must complete Risk Reduction (DUI School) and pay the associated fees. 

The ability to reinstate your license becomes more difficult if you have more than one DUI conviction in five years. Your license will be suspended for four months with no permit, and you must then install an ignition interlock device. This device allows you to start your vehicle only after you provide a sample breath that has zero percent BAC. You must also complete Risk Reduction and show that you have completed a drug and alcohol evaluation. You must pay for the installation of the ignition interlock device. You are eligible for early reinstatement after 18 months.

The best way to maintain your driving privileges is to defend yourself against DUI charges and prevent a conviction.

You Need a DUI Lawyer in Carrollton

 A DUI conviction will not only impact your driver’s license, but it will affect all areas of your life. If you are charged with DUI, it is best to speak to an experienced Carrollton DUI attorney as soon as possible. We will help you defend yourself against the DUI charges and might be able to assist you in keeping your license. Contact Moffitt Law, LLC for a free consultation to discuss your legal needs.

Tyler Moffitt is a Family Law and Criminal Defense Attorney who practices Carrollton, LaGrange, and Columbus, GA. He graduated from John Marshall Law School, and has been practicing for several years now. Tyler Moffitt takes great honor in defending the accused. Learn more about his experience by clicking here.

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