Your license: Is it cancelled, revoked or suspended?

Are you worrying about losing your Georgia state issued driver's license? If you're like thousands of others throughout the nation, you probably depend on your driver's license every day, whether you use it to drive to work, go to school or run your kids around to their various after-school activities, clubs and sporting events. When police pull you over, it can be a very disconcerting experience. If you think you might wind up being unable to legally driver your car, your stress level could soar.

There are various situations that could indeed result in a license cancellation, suspension or revocation. It helps to first understand the difference between these three, as well as the types of incidents that may lead to each one.

Three ways to lose your license:

As your parents probably told you when you were a teenager, or you have since told your own children, driving a car is a privilege, not a personal right. The state agrees, and there are several situations that could give the authorities cause to remove your privileges, either temporarily or permanently. Three types of removal are as follows:

  • Revocation: If the revoking of your license takes place, the complete termination of your driving privileges occurs. Repeat drunk driving convictions, medical conditions and imparity due to age are all factors that could prompt a revocation.
  • Suspension: This is a temporary hold on your driving privileges, although in certain circumstances, some people are able to obtain temporary permission to drive for particular reasons, such as going to work or school.
  • Cancellation: If you do not fulfill all eligibility requirements or provide all necessary information on your driver's license application, the cancellation of your privileges could occur until such time when you reapply and meet all requirements.

There are also situations where you could undergo an automatic license suspension, such as if you've been pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving and refuse to take a Breathalyzer or other chemical test at the lawful request of a police officer. This suspension could last up to a year, and the fact that you refused the test could be used to incriminate you in court.

If you have accumulated points on your driving record or have found yourself facing some other problem where your driving privileges are at stake, you might be able to rectify the situation or at least minimize potential negative consequences. An experienced Georgia defense attorney would know the ins and outs of such issues and could offer sound counsel and effective representation as needed.

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