Atlanta Traffic Ticket Defense Lawyers

If you have been arrested for a DUI or a traffic ticket in Atlanta, experienced trial attorneys James “Skip” Sullivan and Bob Chestney are available to discuss your case anytime – including after-hours and weekends! Call us at 404.816.8777 (office), Mr. Sullivan’s mobile phone: 404.290.2151 (call or text), or email or

If you have received a traffic ticket in Atlanta, contact our experienced traffic lawyers today.  From DUIs, Speeding, Hit and Run, Driving While License Suspended, Following Too Close, Red Light cases, and accident cases, our traffic ticket attorneys can navigate your case through Atlanta Municipal Court or the Fulton County State Court system. Call us at 404.816.8777 to discuss your case.  In many cases, we can appear on your behalf so you can avoid spending a good part of your day in court.  We may even be able to avoid points on your driver’s record!

Because our firm is known for vigorously defending DUI and serious traffic offenses, we have the knowledge, experience, and staff to investigate and defend your traffic tickets.  If you are under 21, special care must be taken in handling your Atlanta traffic ticket as a conviction or a plea (even a no-contest plea) to certain offenses will cause a suspension of your driver’s license.  Contact our Atlanta traffic lawyers to discuss how we can avoid license suspensions and possibly a conviction on your traffic and criminal record.

The following is a list of offenses for which DDS will suspend the license or driving privileges, upon being informed of a conviction by a court.

Atlanta traffic court judges have no discretion if there is a conviction for the below offenses as far as the Georgia Department of Driver Services imposing a license suspension (suspension authority indicated in parentheses):

  • O.C.G.A. §40-6-393 Homicide by Vehicle (1st and 2nd Degree) (§§40-5-54, 40-5-63)
  • O.C.G.A. §40-6-270 Hit and Run or Leaving the Scene of an Accident (§§40-5-54, 40-5-63)
  • O.C.G.A. §40-6-394 Serious Injury by Vehicle (§§40-5-54, 40-5-63)
  • O.C.G.A. §40-6-393.1 Feticide by Vehicle (1st Degree) (§§40-5-54, 40-5-63)
  • O.C.G.A. §40-6-15 Operating a motor vehicle with a revoked, canceled, or suspended registration (§§40-5-54, 40-5-63)
  • O.C.G.A. §40-6-186 Racing on Highways or Streets (§§40-5-54, 40-5-63)
  • O.C.G.A. §40-6-395 Using a motor vehicle in fleeing or attempting to elude an officer (§§40-5-54, 40-5-63)
  • O.C.G.A. §40-6-391 Driving under the Influence/DUI – Child Endangerment (§40-5-63)
  • O.C.G.A. §40-6-10 No Insurance/Failure to Show Proof of Insurance (§40-5-70)
  • O.C.G.A. §40-5-121 Driving While License Suspended or Revoked (§40-5-121)
  • O.C.G.A. §32-6-30 Refusal to Weigh (§32-6-30)
  • O.C.G.A. §40-5-30 Violation of License Restriction (not mandatory, at the discretion of the court)
  • Any felony in the commission of which a motor vehicle is used (§§40-5-54, 40-5-63)
  • Accumulation of fifteen (15) or more points in any consecutive 24 month period (§40-5-57)

For persons under the age of 21, any of the above convictions AND:

  • O.C.G.A. §40-6-390 Reckless Driving (§40-5-57.1)

For persons under the age of 21 who are Georgia residents, any of the above convictions AND:

  • O.C.G.A. §40-6-397 Aggressive Driving (§40-5-57.1)
  • O.C.G.A. §40-6-45(a)(1) Improper Passing on a hill or curve (§40-5-57.1)
  • O.C.G.A. §40-6-163 Unlawful passing of a school bus (§40-5-57.1)
  • O.C.G.A. §40-6-181 Exceeding the speed limit by 24 mph or more (§40-5-57.1)

For persons under the age of 18 who are Georgia residents, any of the above convictions AND:

  • O.C.G.A. §40-5-57.1 Accumulation of four (4) or more points in any consecutive twelve (12) month period (§40-5-57.1)

Administrative License Suspensions/Revocations

  • Refusal to submit to a test to determine the driver’s alcohol concentration (§40-5-55)
  • Blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level requires suspension (§40-5-67.1)
  • Georgia residents who have accumulated at least 15 points in any consecutive 24-month period (§40-5-57)
  • Failure to Respond to Citation (§40-5-56)
  • Noncompliance with Child Support Order (§40-5-54.1)
  • Failure to pay the Super Speeder Fee (§40-6-189)
  • Ignition Interlock Device Permit (§42-8-112)
  • Medical Revocation (§40-5-59)
  • Safety Responsibility (§40-9-3)

Revocations Triggered by Operation of Law

  • Any moving violation conviction while driving with a limited permit (§40-5-64)
  • Habitual Violator (§40-5-58)
  • Violating conditions of limited permit (§40-5-64)

Disqualification of Commercial Driving Privileges – See CDL Section for more details
In addition to the above suspensions, commercial driving privileges will be disqualified under O.C.G.A. §40-5-151 for:

  • Any offense listed in O.C.G.A. §40-5-54
  • Conviction of any violation of code sections §16-8-2 through §16-8-9 if the property that was the subject of the theft was a vehicle engaged in commercial transportation, any appurtenance thereto, or any cargo contained therein or thereon
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Refusal to submit to a test to determine the driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC)
  • Using a CMV in the commission of a felony
  • Failure to report striking an unattended vehicle
  • Failure to report striking a fixed object
  • Failure to report an accident
  • Driving a commercial motor vehicle while the person’s commercial driver’s license or commercial driving privilege is revoked, suspended, canceled, or disqualified
  • Commission of multiple serious traffic violations
  • Violations of out-of-service orders
  • Conviction of a railroad grade crossing offense while operating a commercial motor vehicle
  • Falsification of information on CDL application and/or supporting documents
  • Notification from FMCSA of imminent hazard
  • Any violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act (Article 2 of Chapter 13 of Title 16 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated) (§40-5-75) ONLY when a motor vehicle was knowingly used in the commission of any felony involving the trafficking, manufacture, distribution, sale, transfer, dispensing, or possession with intent to manufacture, distribute, cultivate, sell, traffic in, or dispense a controlled substance or marijuana.

Contact our experienced Atlanta traffic lawyers today. We can appear in court on your behalf and develop a strategic defense to your charges. 404.816.8777. Our Atlanta traffic lawyers are available after hours and on weekends!