How to Address an FTA Suspension in the Municipal Court of Atlanta
The only thing that can make a bad situation worse, such as a receiving a traffic ticket in Atlanta, is missing your court date. More often than not, when you miss your court date, a warrant for your arrest will be issued and your license will be suspended for "Failure to Appear."
How do I find out if I have an FTA, and what are the next steps?If you think you missed a court date and you are trying to find out if the Court has issued a Failure to Appear ("FTA"), which usually coincides with a license suspension, you can visit the link "FTA List" below to search your name on the Court's website. You can hire a lawyer to assist you with lifting the FTA or you can handle it yourself. If you want to handle it yourself you should be in touch with the Court for current instructions on what the next steps are. Often the Court has regularly scheduled "FTA Calendars." You can request to be added to the next FTA calendar, usually by speaking directly with someone in the Clerk's Office. At the FTA calendar you will have an opportunity to explain why you were unable to attend court.
How much will the fine be?There is normally a $100.00 FTA fine imposed by the Court. The Judge will decide on a case-by-case basis whether to impose or waive this fine. This fine does not include the fine for the underlying traffic ticket.
How do I clear up an FTA suspensionIt would be a mistake to assume that after you have paid your $100.00 FTA fine, your license will automatically be reinstated. The Court will not always notify DDS that the FTA has been lifted. In order to prevent or lift a looming suspension, you must get a DS-912 form from the court clerk (confirm that it is a certified copy with a court seal) and submit it to the Department of Driver Services. This should address any pending suspension issues.