Legalese — Getting Your License Back after a Marijuana Charge

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The law regarding marijuana is changing, and whatever your opinion on the matter, it is helpful to know what some of the changes are.

Last year, legislation was passed in Georgia that changed the consequences for misdemeanor possession of marijuana.  It used to be that a conviction of possession of marijuana would result in a suspension of your driver’s license.  As of July 1 of last year, that was no longer the case.

However, there are a number of people whose driver’s licenses were suspended before July 1, 2015, or whose offenses dates occurred before the cut off dates, whose licenses were (or remain) suspended.  SB 367 sought to even that playing field.  It allows licenses to be reinstated for events that occurred prior to July 1, 2015.

This isn’t going to happen automatically, and if you think that you fall into this category for license reinstatement, there are some actions you should take on your own behalf.  You can call (678) 413-8400 to verify the status of your Georgia driving privileges.  You may also be able to get the information from the Department of Drivers’ Service website,  When you go to get your license reinstated, there will be documentation you need to bring with you, and you can check these resources to see what you need.

Remember, this is only for simple possession of small quantities of marijuana.  If you are charged with felony possession of marijuana, distribution of marijuana, or trafficking in marijuana, these new rules will not apply to you.  Furthermore, none of this has anything to do with a DUI charge that came from a result of marijuana usage.  Whether or not your license can be reinstated under those circumstances is a completely different issue.

Nothing in this article should be construed as legal advice.  It is being offered for informational purposes only.  No lawyer can advise you about your case without discussing the particulars of your circumstance with you.


About Lori Duff 352 Articles
Lori is the author of the bestselling collection of humor essays, "Mismatched Shoes and Upside Down Pizza" currently available exclusively on Amazon. In order to finance her writing habit, she is a practicing lawyer with Jones & Duff, LLC. She is married to Mike Duff, who is a retired DeKalb County Public Safety Officer, and has two amazing children who make cameo embarrassing appearances in her blog posts and who attend Walton County Public Schools. Her legal column, "Legalese", is meant to de-mystify and humanize the Court system. When asked about her writing, Lori says, "Life is too short not to laugh at every available opportunity. My goal is to make myself laugh -- and hopefully you will laugh along with me."

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