When you're driving without a license you're always taking a gamble
on being caught. When you do get caught, you could be looking at fines
or even jail time.
CA Vehicle Code
The law is clear, "A person may not drive a motorcycle, motor-driven
cycle, or motorized bicycle upon a highway..." Therefore, you may
only operate a vehicle if you hold a valid driver's license in the
state of CA. This includes cars, trucks, motorcycles, as well as scooters
and motorized bicycles. For residents of CA, you must have a CA driver's
license. It is also illegal to drive in a parking lot if you do not have
a valid driver's license or have a legal driver’s permit and
a licensed driver with you. If an officer catches you operating a vehicle
for which you do not hold a driver's license, including vehicles that
require special permits, you will become subject to penalty under the law.
Fines and Penalties for Driving without a License
You may be wondering what driving without a license means. It can be that
you have an expired license, that you have moved from out of state and
failed to get a California license after 20 days, or that you failed to
get a license at all. This is not the same as having had a license and
having it taken away due to a violation which is a more serious violation.
Having a valid license but not being able to produce it is also a completely
different violation. This violation can be charged as an infraction which
may carry a fine, or as a misdemeanor, which can possibly get you a fine
of up to $1000, and/or up to 6 months in county jail, a 30 day impound
of your car, as well as a criminal record.
Hire a Central Valley Traffic Ticket Attorney
In a best-case scenario, the attorney can get your charges dismissed by
showing you had a valid license, you just didn’t have it in your
possession, or a reason you were exempt from the law, such as you are
on active-duty military stationed in the state and have another state’s
In other cases, the lawyer may advise you to obtain your license to get
the penalties reduced. For more than a decade, local traffic ticket attorneys
Bigger & Harman have been representing clients in Central Valley Traffic Courts.
Bigger & Harman, a local Central Valley firm has a reputation for dependability
and excellence with truckers and other Class A drivers in Central Valley
CA. Read their write up on
Nolo.com, a leading internet legal website.
Bigger & Harman offers a free, no obligation phone consultation to
prospective clients, 661-349-9300. Additionally, they represent clients
in traffic court in San Bernardino, Kern, Kings, LA County, Fresno, and
many other Central Valley and SoCal counties for driving without a license
and other tickets. Call the office, set up an appointment, use the
contact form on the website, or email
firstname.lastname@example.org. You can even contact them now on their
En español, llame al 661-349-9755.