Q: The person permitted to drive my vehicle was unlicensed and got into an accident. What is the punishment for § 40-5-122?
It is a misdemeanor offense, punishable by a maximum of 12 months in custody and a $1,000 fine.
Beyond the criminal penalties, you are also exposed to civil tort liability (a lawsuit) for any injuries or property damage caused by the unlicensed person you permitted to drive your vehicle.
To put yourself in the best possible position with respect to this matter, please contact my office as soon as possible.
A: From a civil standpoint, there is a strong possibility that the other driver will file a claim against you and your insurance company for any property damage and/or personal injuries. If that claim can't be settled, the they have the option of filing a lawsuit against you. It is recommended that you contact an attorney.
A: Under Georgia law, the maximum penalty for a misdemeanor for driving without a license is six months in jail and a fine of no more than $500. Please note you may also be civilly liable for the accident as well. The unlicensed driver and you should contact an attorney.
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