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Drivers Under 21 Years' Old in Georgia

Special Rules Apply for Drivers Under 21 Years' Old in Georgia

Drivers over 18 years' old but under 21 years' old are able to serve our country in the military.  Regardless of that service, drivers who are under 21 years' old are subject to having their driver's licenses suspended for offenses that do not result in a suspension for 21-year-old drivers.  Further, a plea of nolo contendere will be treated as a conviction for drivers who are less than 21 years' old, thus not saving the young driver from a license suspension. 

Georgia drivers who are younger than 21 years' old should carefully consider speaking with an attorney before simply paying certain traffic tickets.  In addition to the more serious traffic offenses that result in suspension of a driver's license, drivers who are under 21 years' old are subject to license suspension if they are convicted of: 

  • hit and run or leaving the scene of an accident, OCGA 40-6-270;

  • racing on highways or streets, OCGA 40-6-186;

  • fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, OCGA 40-6-395;

  • DUI, OCGA 40-6-391;

  • aggressive driving, OCGA 40-6-397;

  • reckless driving, OCGA 40-6-390;

  • unlawful passing of a school bus, OCGA 40-6-163;

  • improper passing on a hill or curve, OCGA 40-6-45; or 

  • exceeding the speed limit by 24 mph or more, OCGA 40-6-181.

An experienced traffic ticket attorney may be able to help a young driver avoid a suspended license.  Call the Kelbaugh Firm for a free consultation to discuss the options available.  

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