State of Georgia failure to appear, warrant or license suspension
In Georgia, any failure to appear or pay a citation on time can result in an arrest warrant being issued. This should be reason enough to immediately engage the services of an attorney to help you nip this situation in the bud before it gets worse.
Fortunately, in most cases, the Courts do not issue arrest warrants. Instead, they send a notice to the Department of Drivers’ Services that you have missed your court date. The Department of Drivers’ Services, in turn, sends you a notice that your license will be suspended until the citation gets handled.
If you are in this situation, you might be driving on a suspended license. If you are stopped, or even if someone else bumps into you, an officer will arrest you for the serious offense of driving on a suspended license. This offense comes with a mandatory 48 hours in jail, and usually carries a very steep fine between $600-$1000. In addition, a conviction will cause another license suspension—separate from the failure to appear that caused the initial suspension.
As most of us have to drive to make a living, the likelihood of a second driving with a suspended license charge is high. A second conviction comes with a mandatory minimum of 10 days in jail. And so on. As you can see, this situation can quickly get out of control, and cost you thousands and thousands of dollars.
The best thing to do is contact us at Hendrick & Henry Law. We can typically appear on your behalf to remove the Failure to Appear and get the paperwork to get your license out of suspension status. We give these cases very high priority as we don’t want you to get arrested. Therefore, time is of the essence. Additionally, our familiarity with the courts and our relationships with the court personnel help us to quickly handle your failure to appear or warrant.
We have developed a highly specialized division of our firm dealing only with Georgia traffic and speeding issues. That means that our firms’ attorneys are actually practicing in the local Georgia courts where your ticket will be prosecuted — day to day, month to month, and year to year. Since 2005, the traffic division attorneys at Hendrick & Henry have cultivated these relationships and will put them to work for you. – Ben Mozingo
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What’s the Big Deal?
Why should I pay for an attorney in addition to possibly paying for fines?
Because we’ll save you money. While it costs more up front to hire a lawyer when you receive a traffic ticket in Georgia, you’ll save more over time if they are successful in avoiding the consequences to your driving history. In addition to your fine, your insurance rates could increase anywhere from $400 to $1000 per year, over the next three (3) to seven (7) years. This is anywhere from $1200 to $7000 in savings you might be leaving on the table.
Many drivers don’t realize the hidden costs that follow a traffic citation until it’s too late. Convictions can also cause your life insurance rates to climb. And yes—you will have that dreaded “record” next time you’re in court. You don’t need to take our word for it. Call your insurance company to ask what might happen to your rate if you’re convicted of a ticket (hypothetically, of course!).
With some offenses, depending on the jurisdiction your case is in, it just does not make good sense to hire a lawyer. While we cannot ethically offer guarantees, our experienced network of attorneys know when we can likely add value vs. when we’ll just cost you extra. For more information or immediate help on your specific case, call our team now at 404-310-9795.