Court: Ga. driver's license law is constitutional

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press
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Monday, March 25, 2013

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia's highest court has rejected a Mexican national's argument that part of a state law that requires a Georgia-issued driver's license to get behind the wheel is unconstitutional because it discriminates against non-Georgia citizens.

In an opinion published Monday, the Supreme Court of Georgia unanimously rejected the argument by Fernando Castillo-Solis.

The law says anyone living in the state longer than 30 days must have a state-issued license, and anyone who violates that law can be punished unless they show up in court with a valid Georgia license.

Justice David Nahmias wrote Castillo-Solis' argument is largely based on an "incorrect interpretation" of the statute. Nahmias also argued Georgia's law does not violate due process or equal protection and that Castillo-Solis failed to show that it is pre-empted by federal law.

(Copyright 2013, The Associated Press)


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