In California, many people are driving on our roads
without a valid drivers license and
get cited for a violation of Vehicle Code 12500(a). California Vehicle Code 12500 states that a person cannot drive a motor
vehicle on the road without a valid license.
Oftentimes people forget to renew their license, fail to obtain a license,
move to California from another state and continue to use their license
from another state past the thirty days in which they are required to
get a California license, or are unable to get a license in the first
place because of their immigration status.
But what does it mean for you if you are cited for driving without a license?
First of all, you could be charged as an infraction or as a misdemeanor.
If as a misdemeanor, you could face up to six months in jail, probation,
and a large fine. As a misdemeanor, it would be part of your criminal
record and could prevent you from obtaining citizenship for a period of
time. An infraction would just carry a fine.
There are numerous things that an experienced attorney can do to help you
if you are charged with a 12500(a). First of all, an attorney can appear
in court for you so that you don't have to. Secondly, an attorney
can work on crafting a deal that will prevent this from staying on your
criminal record or having consequences to immigration, service in the
military, or any professional licenses that you may possess. Contact me
for a free phone consultation.