Yes. Some states have laws that allow a driver's license to be revoked or suspended given if there is a conviction for an unrelated crime. For example, in Georgia, a driver's license may be suspended if one is convicted of marijuana possession.
Not necessarily. Most states allow laws that revoke or suspend licenses due to unrelated criminal convictions, so long as the law serves a legitimate government purpose. While some states limit the term "legitimate" to auto usage and public driving, others interpret the word much more broadly. For example, Florida law allows revocation of a license due to cocaine possession, meant primarily to deter illegal drug use.
Yes, since most courts consider restricting the illegal activity of minors a legitimate interest. As a result, many license revocation laws that may otherwise be deemed unconstitutional for adults can be considered valid if applied to minors. Take for instance a law suspending licenses based on one's possession of alcohol. Though such a law seems completely arbitrary when applied to adults, it is definitely feasible for minors who are below drinking age.
If your driver's license has been either revoked or suspended due to a criminal conviction unrelated to auto usage, you should contact an attorney to help assert your rights. A lawyer can inform you of local state and city laws concerning license revocation/suspension, as well as recent attempts to overthrow such laws. Because "legitimate government purpose" is an amorphous standard, an attorney is essential in finding out how a court may potential rule on your particular case.
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