What happens in court for driving without a drivers license? 49 Answers as of November 09, 2011

What happens in court for driving without a driver's license?

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The Law Firm of David Jolly
The Law Firm of David Jolly | David Jolly
Driving without a license on your person is not a crime, it is an infraction. This type of crime will not suspend your license or affect your insurance. In court you will be facing a financial penalty and nothing more.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 11/9/2011
Law Office of Wayne I Novak | Wayne Novak
It really depends, largely on why your license is suspended. If it is suspended for a DUI then there are mandatory minimums that kick in such as community service work or jail depending on how many priors you have had.
Answer Applies to: Illinois
Replied: 11/8/2011
Law Office of Phillip Weiser
Law Office of Phillip Weiser | Phillip L. Weiser
The results of this type of charge is usually a fine.
Answer Applies to: Kansas
Replied: 11/7/2011
Reza Athari & Associates, PLLC | Seth L. Reszko
If your citation or ticket is only driving without a license and you have a valid drivers license sometimes it is only a small fine or the Judge might also dismiss. If you get a valid license subsequent to the citation/ticket you can reduce the cost of the fine. Otherwise, if you don't obtain a valid license, you will be subject to the full fine.
Answer Applies to: Nevada
Replied: 11/4/2011
Michael Breczinski
Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
Fines, jail suspension of your license are all consequences of drinking without a license. You need an attorney. Do not plead guilty off the bat it will end up costing more than with an attorney. You lose all bargaining power that way.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 11/3/2011
    Law Office of Michael R. Garber
    Law Office of Michael R. Garber | Michael R. Garber
    You get fined.
    Answer Applies to: Louisiana
    Replied: 11/2/2011
    Connell-Savela
    Connell-Savela | Jason Savela
    Often, if you are able to get a valid DL prior to court, they will dismiss
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 11/2/2011
    Craig W. Elhart, P.C.
    Craig W. Elhart, P.C. | Craig Elhart
    It is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 93 days in jail plus fines and costs. What will happen will depend on your prior record.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 11/2/2011
    Kenneth M. Hallum, Attorney at Law
    Kenneth M. Hallum, Attorney at Law | Kenneth M. Hallum
    Driving without a license is a misdemeanor, however many courts will proceed as an infraction. Generally many traffic commissioners will continue the case allowing you to obtain a valid license, then reduce the charge to driving without a license in your possession, a fix-it ticket of sorts. This reduces the fine dramatically, and keeps points off your DMV record.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 11/2/2011
    Ruiz Law Group, P.C.
    Ruiz Law Group, P.C. | Frances Ruiz
    There are many results to driving without a license. Depending on your case.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 11/2/2011
    Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law
    Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law | Thomas J. Tomko
    You will be scheduled for a Pre-Trial. At this hearing, you will decide if you will enter a plea or have the matter scheduled for trial. With an attorney, you may be able to negotiate a plea which is better than simply pleading guilty. At trial, the prosecutor will have to prove each of the elements of the case beyond a reasonable doubt. A defense should be formulated with your attorney prior to going to trial.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 11/2/2011
    Glass Defense Firm
    Glass Defense Firm | Jason M. Glass
    It depends on the reason why your license was suspended in the first place. If it was suspended for a DUI, then you are looking at 30 days up to 6 months in jail. If your license was suspended for any other reason, then you are not looking at any jail time on a first offense, just a fine. You will also suffer an increase in license suspension time through the DMV.
    Answer Applies to: West Virginia
    Replied: 11/2/2011
    bark & karpf
    bark & karpf | peter bark
    Driving without a license is only a traffic infraction with a fine. Driving with a suspended license however, is more serious and could be a crime and a jail sentence.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 11/2/2011
    Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
    In Illinois, it depends on why your license was not in your possession. If you simply failed to have it on you when stopped, present it to the court, and they should dismiss the charge. If you never had a license, or it was suspended or revoked, you are facing a criminal charge, for which you could go to jail. If that is the case here, hire a lawyer who will get you a good disposition of the matter. It is alwasy advisable to straighten out the hold on your license, or get it renewed before going into court. You can get more information by going to your DMV or Secretary of State's office to find out how to clear up the mess.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 11/2/2011
    Law Office of Thomas A. Medford, Jr., PC
    Law Office of Thomas A. Medford, Jr., PC | Thomas A. Medford, Jr.
    A person can be sentenced nto jail time but generally if you have a valid driver's licenced at the initial court apprarence it will be dismissed but if you you have hired an attorney you should speak with him.
    Answer Applies to: District of Columbia
    Replied: 11/2/2011
    Anderson Law Office
    Anderson Law Office | Scott L. Anderson
    Depending on the number of times that you have been charged or convicted of driving without a license determines the severity of the case. Also, if you have had your license revoked due to alcohol or drug use and then drove it is more serious.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 11/2/2011
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer | Cynthia Henley
    No license? Then it is a class C. Suspended license? It is probably a class B. If the person can, it is best to go ahead and get a license or clear it up. Then, the case may be able to be dismissed. Class C is fines only while Class B is fine and / or jail.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 11/2/2011
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
    When charged with driving without a license the result of going to court will vary on the facts. If you had a license at the time but it was not with you when you were polled over then it is an infraction and you will have to pay a fine. In some courts they may dismiss the case. If you were driving and did not have a license to do so you will be fined and the fine will be larger.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 11/2/2011
    Law Office of Jared Altman
    Law Office of Jared Altman | Jared Altman
    You might be charged with Aggravated Unlicensed operation and face serious consequences. Get a lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 11/2/2011
    Law Offices of John Carney
    Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
    That depend on whether your license was not on you at the time, suspended, revoked for a DWI, or you never had one in the first place. Unless you were driving on a suspended license as the result of a DWI, you will be offered a plea to a 509-1 or a 511-a1 and pay a $50 fine and a surcharge, about $150 total and you will not have a criminal record. If your license was suspended you need to retain a good criminal attorney to try to get the same plea deal or you will be convicted of 511-2 or 511-3 and face a large fine, jail, or a criminal record.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 11/2/2011
    Law Office of Richard Williams
    Law Office of Richard Williams | Richard Williams
    If you produce a driver's license that was valid at the time of the offense, you will likely get a small fine and pay cost of court.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 11/2/2011
    Law Offices of James A Bates
    Law Offices of James A Bates | James A Bates
    Try to get a license before your next court appearance. It will probably help.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 11/2/2011
    Law Office of Edward J. Blum
    Law Office of Edward J. Blum | Edward J. Blum
    Depends. They usually give you an opportunity to obtain a driver's license and agree to reduce it to an infraction if you do. If not, usually fine and probation.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 11/2/2011
    Law Offices of Paula Drake
    Law Offices of Paula Drake | Paula Drake
    Depends on why there is no license. Was it suspended or revoked vs. was the person merely not licensed. Depends on whether there are priors for the same charge. Often times, if it is just that the person was not licensed or suspended for failure to pay tickets, with no priors, if they come in with a valid license the charge can be reduced or dismissed. Suspended license cases can carry high fines. Would need some additional information about the specific case to tell you likely outcomes with more specificity.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 11/2/2011
    The Law Offices of Seth D. Schraier
    The Law Offices of Seth D. Schraier | Seth D. Schraier
    Usually the judge will call the case, and ask for you to enter a plea. If you plead not guilty, then the case can go to trial. At the trial, the prosecution will have to call the police officer who pulled you over and have them testify that you were found to be driving without a license. Unless you can show any sort of evidence to counter this, the judge will then sentence you, which in most cases will involve a fine and some points added to your driver's license.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 11/2/2011
    Klisz Law Office, PLLC
    Klisz Law Office, PLLC | Timothy J. Klisz
    It is a 90 day jail misdemeanor crime. Get a lawyer and get your license.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 11/2/2011
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
    It depends upon why your license was suspended. The judge could impose anything from a monetary fine to time in jail, or both. You need to consult with an attorney who can determine the reasons behind the suspension and what you are potentially looking at if found guilty.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 11/2/2011
    Law Office of Thomas F. Mueller
    Law Office of Thomas F. Mueller | Thomas Mueller
    It depends on the license status. If the license is suspended it's very serious. If it is expired, but not suspended it is less serious. If a license has never been applied for it is also less serious.. All of them are misdemeanors and are punishable by 6 months or more in jail. Very seldom is the maximum punishment ordered.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 11/2/2011
    Law Office of Daniel K Martin
    Law Office of Daniel K Martin | Daniel K Martin
    The best thing to do is get your license before you go to court because that will reduce the fine. Then go to court, you will get a fine and maybe some community service.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 11/2/2011
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    Hopefully you were not driving on a suspended license, which is more serious. Simply driving without a license is a more minor offense, VC 12500(a), which can often be infracted by an experienced lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 11/2/2011
    Betts Legal Services
    Betts Legal Services | Shawn M. Betts
    Usually a person receives a fine, possibly a license suspension, and maybe probation. If it is a repeat offense jail or community work service can be a condition, but that is not likely unless a person has a very poor record.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 11/2/2011
    Miel & Carr, PLC
    Miel & Carr, PLC | Keeley D Heath
    It depends. For a first offense, if you plead guilty, then it would likely result in only a fine. If you have been convicted previously, then it is likely that you may face jail time. It also may depend on the surrounding circumstances of the traffic stop.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 11/2/2011
    Law Offices of Kenneth Wincorn P.C.
    Law Offices of Kenneth Wincorn P.C. | Kenneth Wincorn
    If there is a conviction the license will be suspended again, jail time is possible and a fine. Later there may be a surcharge by the state. See an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 11/2/2011
    Michael Edwards, Attorney at Law
    Michael Edwards, Attorney at Law | Michael Edwards
    It depends. If you have a driver license, and just didn't have it with you at the time you were stopped by the officer, you can just take your driver license to court with your citation, and they will dismiss the citation. However, if you actually did not have a driver license, and got caught driving, there will be a fine, and there may be consequences if and when you actually try to get a driver license. Good luck!
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 11/2/2011
    Law Office of Richard Southard
    Law Office of Richard Southard | Richard C Southard
    Driving without a license is only a traffic infraction and is usually resolved with a fine. If you were driving and your license was suspended at the time, then that is a misdemeanor crime and a conviction would result in a permanent criminal record that cannot be erased.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 11/2/2011
    Fairlie & Lippy, P.C.
    Fairlie & Lippy, P.C. | Steven Fairlie
    Generally a $200 fine and nothing else, but you can get a suspension if you have priors for this.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 11/2/2011
    Miller & Harrison, LLC
    Miller & Harrison, LLC | David Harrison
    It depends on why your license was suspended or revoked. Many prosecutors will give you a chance to get your license reinstated. Be aware that pleading guilty to a moving violation during the time your license was under restraint will result in a year of no driving being tacked on to the end of the restraint time period.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 11/2/2011
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr. | Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    Depends on factors not presented in your post. Contact a traffic law attorney.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 11/2/2011
    Law & Mediation Office of Jeffrey L. Pollock, Esq.
    Law & Mediation Office of Jeffrey L. Pollock, Esq. | Jeffrey Lawrence Pollock
    It depends upon whether you had no license: a) ever, b) due to suspension for points, or c) due to DUI-related suspension.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 11/2/2011
    Andersen Law PLLC
    Andersen Law PLLC | Craig Andersen
    That depends on whether your license was suspended and if you are eligible to reinstate your license.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 11/2/2011
    Law Office of Charles J. Block
    Law Office of Charles J. Block | Charles J. Block
    It depends on whether you ever had a license, whether your license expired, or if your license is currently suspended. Each charge carries a different penalty.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 11/1/2011
    Beaulier Law Office
    Beaulier Law Office | Maury Beaulier
    The charge is a misdemeanor which is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $1000 fine. What may occur depends on the particular facts of the case, its defenses and the prosecutor involved.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 11/1/2011
    Law Firm of Martin & Wallentine
    Law Firm of Martin & Wallentine | Jerry Lee Wallentine Jr.
    It depends what stage of the proceedings you are in. If it is early on, the judge will likely inquire as to whether you are going to hire an attorney and need a continuance to do so. They will then either continue it or have a trial, most likely at a later date. If you plead guilty, the judge will likely sentence you right then and there.
    Answer Applies to: Kansas
    Replied: 11/1/2011
    Robert Mortland
    Robert Mortland | Law Office of Robert Mortland
    This depends on a number of things. If you were driving without a license but you had a license at the time, the court will impose a $25 or more proof of correction fine. If you were driving without a license because you never had a license, the court could charge you with CVC 12500 and could even ask for a misdemeanor. If your license was suspended for alcohol related reasons, you could be charged with CVC 14601 and you may be facing jail time.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 11/1/2011
    Rizio & Nelson
    Rizio & Nelson | John W. Bussman
    It depends on why you don't have a license. Was is suspended or revoked? If you can, you should get your license before you appear in court. The DA will usually cut you a break if this is your first offense and you show up to court with a valid license.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 11/1/2011
    Austin Legal Services, PLC
    Austin Legal Services, PLC | Jared Austin
    It is a misdemeanor and you can either be placed in jail or on probation or both. They will also be some fines and costs associated as well as additional driver's license sanctions and driver's responsibility fees. Have an attorney review the evidence against you before agreeing to anything and to discuss the best course of action.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 11/1/2011
    Gary Moore, Attorney at Law
    Gary Moore, Attorney at Law | Gary Moore
    I assume that the charge is that you drove without having a driver's license, not that you left your license at home. If you have been previously licensed to drive a car the penalty is a fine. If you have not, the penalty is the suspension of your driving privileges for a period of time.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 11/1/2011
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