Did you forget your license at home or had no idea the state suspended your driving privileges? Whatever the situation, if an officer pulls you over for a traffic stop and finds you without a valid license, you could face more penalties than you realize for this misdemeanor traffic offense.
The law requires every driver to carry their driving ID with them on the road. So, law enforcement will likely issue you a citation even if you have a valid license if it’s not on you at the time. But, usually, drivers in this situation can resolve the “no license on person” violation with a minimal fine.
However, the court is not so lenient on those who drive with a suspended, canceled, revoked, or disqualified license. Even if you are unaware that the state altered your driving privileges, you are still facing hefty penalties. So it’s a good idea to know your current license status and be aware of any possible issues.
Consequences for a No License Charge in Georgia
The consequences for a no license traffic violation will vary from case to case. But usually, first-time offenders are required to pay a fine, possibly spend at least two days in county jail, and the state suspends their license.
If this is your second offense within five years, you should prepare for the possibility of a higher fine and spending at least ten days in jail if the court convicts you.
Even worse, the court often dishes out maximum penalties for those who opt to fight their no license charges without an experienced Chamblee Traffic Lawyer by their side. For this reason, it’s a good idea to find a skilled traffic violation lawyer who may be able to:
- Identify areas in your case that would be a viable defense
- Get charges reduced
- Help you avoid automatic license suspensions
Resolving a No License Charge at Chamblee Municipal Court
Usually, the local city police department files misdemeanor traffic cases with the Municipal Court. So, if a Chamblee officer issues your citation within the city limits, Georgia, your court date is likely scheduled at Chamblee Municipal Court.
If you don’t want to fight the citation, you can resolve certain traffic violations by paying the fine.
You can pay your fine in one of four ways:
- Pay online
- Call 1-888-538-0004
- Mail a money order
- Visit the Chamblee Police Department Monday-Thursday between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the Court Clerks window.
Be aware that the court counts payment as a guilty plea – and it would go on your record.
You should also know that attending court is not always optional. Some cases require you (or your lawyer) to be present. And, if you want to fight the conviction, you must show up to enter a not guilty plea.
If you have any questions about whether or not you can fight these charges, schedule a free consult with EHG Law today.