In November 2014 I got a illegal possession charge misdemeanor I was not arrested i was given a ticket I went to court in Feb 2015 and they had me pay a 1300 fine and that was it no probation no community service nothing they told me it was because it was a local ticket. So I paid it and didn't hear anything until yesterday and now as of April 2016 they suspended my license and is saying I have to do DUI classes which they said nothing about any classes or suspending my license when I paid the fine in court in 2015.
Yes. This happens all the time. DDS is entirely separate from the court, and the court has no obligation to warn you about the license suspension.
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Unfortunately, this kind of stuff happens all the time. I believe there may be a way now to get a limited permit, however. Speak to a lawyer about this.
That is the problem with paying citations without the advice of a lawyer. In Georgia, even misdemeanor drug cases have consequences such as driver's license suspension. As an aside, that would not happen if you were cited today. DDS has amended their policy on marijuana possession suspensions. I'm afraid you are going to need an attorney to unravel this. You will also have to take the class in order for your license to be reinstated. Had you pled nolo to the citation, and done risk reduction within 120 days, give the certificate to DDS, you would have gotten to keep your license.
The short answer is: YES. This happens all the time on numerous types of cases. The most common example is on Speeding Tickets for Under 21 Drivers. Some under 21 drivers receive speeding tickets that will SUSPEND their license. However, they don't talk to an attorney BEFORE they decide to PAY the ticket. Many times neither the court nor the Clerk of Court will tell them their license will be Suspended if they pay the ticket. Then they receive a License Suspension from the state. Until recently this also happened with Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana charges. However, the Georgia DDS has amended their rules and now don't suspend licenses for this charge.
Your problem now is how to get your license reinstated. There are legal hurdles you are going to need complete before you can get your license reinstated. For example, you are going to need to take & complete the required class. You will need proof for DDS that you have completed this class. I would advise you to hire an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney to help get you through this process. In Georgia it is a VERY GOOD IDEA to talk to Criminal Defense Attorney BEFORE you decide to PAY or PLEAD GUILTY to any Traffic Citation. I hope this information is helpful to you.
George McCranie - Offices in Valdosta & Douglas, GA -
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