Bryant, AL asked in Traffic Tickets and Criminal Law for Georgia

Q: Can you be convicted of driving on suspended license if you were not aware they were suspended?

My license was suspended when I forgot to pay a ticket because my Mother was dying and it just slipped my mind. Once I remembered I paid the ticket and thought it was over. But they had had my license suspended through Alabama and I was not notified. Then I was pulled over in Trenton GA and taken to Jail. And charged with Driving on Suspended.

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Holly G Chapman

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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Augusta, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: In Georgia, to prove driving while license suspended (O.C.G.A. 40-5-121) at trial, the prosecutor do have to show that the accused had actual OR legal notice of the suspension. Although you may not have actually known that your license was suspended, that doesn't mean you didn't have legal notice. You should contact a criminal defense attorney so that they can help you sort through the specific facts that apply in your case to see you if you may have a viable defense.

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