Starting July 1st, 2018, Georgia’s new hands-free driving law will go into effect. For details of what exactly is banned see the Georgia Department of Driver’s Services website, linked here. While the direct punishment for this crime maybe low, there can be some potentially devastating side effects.
Once an officer suspects you of violating this law, he or she can pull you over and check your driver’s license, registration and insurance. If there is any issue with any them, the officer can add additional tickets on top of the hands-free violation. Also, if the officer detects any other criminal activity, he or she can investigate that as well.
If the officer discovers that you do not have license or that you license has been suspended or revoked, he or she can arrest you and take you to jail. In Georgia, a first convocation for driving without a license carries a sentence of two days in jail, while a second or third offense carry a sentence of 10 days in jail. If you are an immigrant and do not have legal status, ICE can become aware of you while in jail and initiate deportation proceedings against you, which may result in your removal from the United States.
So please, especially after July 1st, put down your phones while you drive. If you do run any to any issues with law enforcement, either under this new law or any others, or you have deportation proceedings initiated against you, please contact our firm at 770-271-5244 to schedule a consultation.