Curfew Violation in Georgia for Minors
TADRA (Teenage and Adult Driver Responsibility Act) is a graduated driver's license program for young drivers aged 15 to 18. It is a three step process that allows young drivers to gain more experience behind the wheel with certain restrictions in place. A curfew is just one of the many restrictions under TADRA. A curfew is an order imposed by the government to prevent certain people from being outdoors or in public places during designated times. In Georgia, there is a curfew applicable to minors being on the road and while driving. Complying with the requirements allows the driver to move to the next stage and eventually receive a full unrestricted license.
While many teens are aware they have a driving curfew, they may not know that they are subject to another curfew that varies by city across Georgia. In Atlanta, teens are not permitted to be out after 11:00 p.m. on weekdays and 12 a.m. on weekends. The time frames may vary across counties, but they tend to fall between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Furthermore, TADRA details that drivers between 16-18 holding a Class D license is banned from driving between 12 a.m. and 5 a.m. There are no exceptions to this rule. Finally, a person who obtains a Class C license is allowed to drive at any time.
The Penalty for Violating Curfew in Georgia
The penalty for violating curfew varies based on the county and even city. The punishment is generally a fine, but some counties issue a warning for a first violation. Breaking curfew with a Class D license can lead to a suspension of the license and prevent or hinder the minor from getting a full Class C license.
Exceptions to the Driving Curfew in Georgia
While there are exceptions to the driving curfew, there are some exceptions for the general curfew laws. They include:
- When a minor is in the company of his parents
- When a minor is returning home from work, school, church, or a recreation activity
- When a minor is on an emergency errand
- When a minor is driving on the interstate
Legally emancipated minors are also generally excepted from curfew laws. Furthermore, each city may have their own exceptions to their curfew laws.
Curfew laws can be confusing because it all depends on where you were when you received the ticket. However, our Georgia Curfew Attorneys practice in every county in Georgia, and know the ins and outs of each court. We are familiar with the prosecutors and judges, and that makes all the difference. We understand how to negotiate and how to reduce your penalties. Call now and see how we can assist with your case.