Having an underage driver in the house makes life easier and more complicated at the same time. Their autonomy provides Georgia parents with more freedom, but it also raises insurance rates and causes concern for their safety. In addition, police sometimes target underage drivers and charge them with traffic offenses as a result of a stop.
If your underage driver receives a traffic citation or faces misdemeanor traffic charges, it might seem easier to simply plead guilty and pay the fine. In addition, prosecutors often offer plea bargains that you are told are designed for underage drivers. Taking such a deal might seem like a good idea, but it could affect your child’s future.
The penalties facing underage drivers could be more severe than those adult drivers face. Many offenses automatically result in the suspension of an underage driver’s license for a minimum of six months. Even if a prosecutor agrees to reduce the charges and number of points on your teen’s license, he or she is only allowed four within a 12-month period. This would also result in the suspension of your teen’s driver’s license.
Even misdemeanor traffic offenses on your child’s record could potentially affect the chances of receiving a scholarship, getting a job or other aspects of his or her life. It would be a good idea to involve a Georgia attorney as soon as possible, especially if the charges are serious. An investigation might reveal weaknesses in the prosecution’s case. Depending on the circumstances, it might be possible to get the charges reduced, if not dismissed.