Will I get a violation for driving without a driver's license? 18 Answers as of May 31, 2013

I got a receiving stolen property charge in February of 2009, served some time and was put under informal probation. Now I was just given a ticket for driving without a driver's license,(never had one). Can I get violation for this misdemeanor?

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Law Offices of Martina A. Vigil, PC
Law Offices of Martina A. Vigil, PC | Martina A. Vigil
Yes. You will be charged with Vehicle Code 14601.1 and a probation violation. These are misdemeanor charges.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 12/12/2011
Law Office of Anthony Sessa
Law Office of Anthony Sessa | Anthony Sessa
Yes.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/31/2013
The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr. | Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
Yes.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/31/2013
Robert Mortland
Robert Mortland | Law Office of Robert Mortland
You could be facing a probation violation based on a 12500 CVC violation.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 12/5/2011
Law Office of Andrew Roberts
Law Office of Andrew Roberts | Andrew Stephen Roberts
Yes. This is a misdemeanor and would be a violation of your probation. Why can't you get a license? You need an attorney to help minimize this.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 12/3/2011
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
    On your probation it states obey all laws. This includes driving without a drivers license. If you show up at your probation violation hearing with a valid license you should be OK.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 12/3/2011
    Law Offices of Paula Drake
    Law Offices of Paula Drake | Paula Drake
    You could get a violation but probably the court would just reinstate probation. If you get license before you go to court they might reduce the charge to an infraction or maybe even dismiss it.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 12/3/2011
    Law Offices of James A Bates
    Law Offices of James A Bates | James A Bates
    Yes, you may. I suggest getting a license before your next court appearance. It might help a little.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 12/2/2011
    Hammerschmidt Broughton Law
    Hammerschmidt Broughton Law | Mark A. Broughton
    Possibly. It depends on the specific terms of your informal probation (felony? Misdemeanor?), and the nature of the license violation. If it is an infraction (fine only), you won't be violated. If it is a misdemeanor (jail possible plus fine), then there's a risk that you can be violated. Consult with a criminal defense attorney who can look at the details of your situation and give you more specific advice.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 12/2/2011
    Law Offices of George Woodworth & Associates
    Law Offices of George Woodworth & Associates | George Woodworth
    Not necessarily. First, the Court that you are on probation with must learn of the new case, and then must consider the charge serious enough to file a Probation Violation against you. Courts in different counties might not communicate with each other, and you may escape a violation hearing. Also, don't lose hope that you may be able to get out of the "no driver;s license" (CVC 12500) charge by making a deal with the D.A. to get a California Driver's license and then come back show it to the Court and get the 12500 dismissed. I've done this for many, many clients. Get a good lawyer, and gett this handled!!
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 12/2/2011
    The Law Offices of Victor J Mazzaraco
    The Law Offices of Victor J Mazzaraco | Victor J Mazzaraco
    You've got to understand your status in the legal system at the time you received the driving w/o a license citation. You were on informal probation, so your rights were curtailed and less probable cause was required by the government to intrude on your liberty. During this phase any slip-up is magnified. You're expected to stay completely out of trouble. This is not a good thing that's happened, but it doesn't mean you cannot do anything to improve your situation. first thing: get a license. Now. Today. Have it when you go to court and ask for the charge to be reduce to an infraction. This will reduce the impact the incident will have on your status.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 12/2/2011
    Grant & Grant
    Grant & Grant | Richard L. Grant, Esq.
    Normally, Driving Without a License, CVC 12500, can be either a Misdemeaor or Infraction. However, the police always cite it as a Misdemeanor. Thereafter, the District Attorney will then file a Misdemeanor Complaint and a Probation Violation charge. Additionally, Normally a mere infraction will not cause a Probation Violation, but a Misdemeanor will. In previously cases, such as yours, I have had the court revoke your probation and reinstate the probation without further jail time. You need to hire an experienced defense attorney.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 12/2/2011
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C.
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C. | Dennis Roberts
    Commit no new crime means just what it sounds like.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 12/2/2011
    Law Office of Daniel K Martin
    Law Office of Daniel K Martin | Daniel K Martin
    You could be violated however most counties they do not cross reference people who are bench probation with people who get a ticket for driving on a suspended sentence. If they file it as a misdemeanor then you could be facing a year in county jail for violating bench probation as well as any time you get for driving on a suspended license. That is unlikely though because most jails are overcrowded and there is no room for people with misdemeanor convictions. Contact a criminal defense attorney to increase the odds of getting through this with no additional jail time.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 12/2/2011
    The Law Offices of Robert L. Driessen
    The Law Offices of Robert L. Driessen | Robert L. Driessen
    You could be looking at a probation violation for the previous crime and you could be looking at a new misdemeanor for driving without a license. Hire an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 12/2/2011
    Law Offices of Matthew Murillo
    Law Offices of Matthew Murillo | Matthew Murillo
    If your still on probation, yes.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 12/2/2011
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    Yes you could. A misdemeanor (if found out by the prosecuting agency) will almost always result in a PV.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 12/2/2011
    Law Office of James S. Lochead
    Law Office of James S. Lochead | James S. Lochead
    Technically you could be violated but chances are slim that it would happen because the new charge is not a soar type of offense as you are on probation for.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 12/2/2011
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