Intrepid officers in San Jose apprehended a desperate fugitive who apparently
forgot both his drivers’ license and his belt.
Officers first spotted 33-year-old Alexander Armenta weaving in and out
of traffic on U.S. Highway 101 near San Rafael. When Mr. Armenta accelerated
to evade police, they initially broke off the pursuit. But John Law eventually
caught up to him, and officers blocked in his vehicle on Mt. Sustina Court,
which had no exit. Undeterred, Mr. Armenta exited the vehicle and fled
on foot. He might have escaped, but
his pants fell down and impeded his movement. After he was in custody, officials determined
that he was driving a stolen vehicle with a suspended drivers’ license.
The passenger was carrying marijuana, Xanax, and some other illegal drugs.
Mr. Armenta was arrested and charged with evading arrest, driving with
a suspended license, felony possession of stolen property, and some other offenses.
No Drivers’ License
VC 12500(a) is the primary driving with a suspended license law in California. It
states that only a person who “holds a valid driver's license
issued under this code” can drive in public places. So, the law
covers a variety of situations, including:
- Driving on an out-of-state license,
- An expired drivers’ license,
- Safety-related suspension, like NOTS point suspensions or DUI, and
- Non safety-related suspensions, like missing a court date or failing to
pay child support.
- Failure to ever have a license
Rural locations like Lamont have a lot of charges for VC 12500(a) because
it is a community where driving is a part of life.
A first offense in Bakersfield or Lamont can be charged as a misdemeanor
and carry substantial fines as well as a criminal record and/or jail time.
There may also be a substantial auto insurance increase that often exceeds
30 percent. Furthermore, since it is a non-point offense,
traffic school is normally not an option.
An attorney can often convince the judge to grant enough time for drivers
to remedy whatever problem caused the suspension. Oftentimes a complete
dismissal or a reduction to a non-criminal charge can be worked out.
Getting Legal Help
The aggressive lawyers at Bigger & Harman, APC, are committed to giving
individuals a voice when dealing with speeding and traffic tickets. Call
today at 661-859-1177 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the personal professional attention you deserve. En español,
llame al 661-376-0214.