Title 40, Chapter 5, Section 121
(a) Except when a license has been revoked under Code Section 40-5-58 as a habitual violator, any person who drives a motor vehicle on any public highway of this state at a time when his privilege to do so is suspended, disqualified, or revoked shall be guilty of a misdemeanor for a first conviction thereof and, upon a first conviction thereof or plea of nolo contendere within five years, as measured from the dates of previous arrests for which convictions were obtained to the date of the current arrest for which a conviction is obtained, shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than two days nor more than 12 months, and there may be imposed in addition thereto a fine of not less than $500.00 nor more than $1,000.00. For the second or subsequent conviction within five years, as measured from the dates of previous arrests for which convictions were obtained or pleas of nolo contendere were accepted to the date of the current arrest for which a conviction is obtained or a plea of nolo contendere is accepted, such person shall be guilty of a high and aggravated misdemeanor and shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than ten days nor more than 12 months and there may be imposed in addition thereto a fine of not less than $1,000.00 nor more than $2,500.00.
(b)(1) The charge of driving with a suspended or disqualified license shall not be made where the suspension is a result of a failure to respond under Code Section 40-5-56 or an insurance cancellation unless the arresting officer has verified a service date and such date is placed on the uniform citation. If the suspension or disqualification is verified and the driver possesses a driver's license, the license shall be confiscated and mailed to the department. If the suspension or disqualification is not verified, the arresting officer shall serve the driver and attach the driver's license, if available, to the copy of service and send it to the department.
(2) The department, upon receiving a record of the conviction of
any person under this Code section upon a charge of driving a
vehicle while the license of such person was suspended,
disqualified, or revoked, shall extend the period of suspension or
disqualification for six months. The court shall be required to
confiscate the license, if applicable, and attach it to the
Uniform Citation and forward it to the department within ten days
of conviction. The period of suspension or disqualification
provided for in this Code section shall begin on the date the
person is convicted of violating this Code section.
(c) For purposes of pleading nolo contendere, only one nolo
contendere plea will be accepted to a charge of driving with
suspended or disqualified license within a five-year period as
measured from date of arrest to date of arrest. All other nolo
contendere pleas in this period will be considered convictions. For
the purpose of imposing a sentence under this subsection, a plea of
nolo contendere shall constitute a conviction. There shall be no
limited driving permit available for a suspension or
disqualification under this Code section.
(d) Notwithstanding the limits set forth in Code Section 40-5-124 and in any municipal charter, any municipal court of any municipality shall be authorized to impose the punishment provided for in this Code section upon a conviction of violating this Code section or upon conviction of violating any ordinance adopting the provisions of this Code section.