In California, it is against the law to drive a vehicle without having a valid driver’s license. If you are caught allegedly driving without a license, you can find yourself in trouble with law enforcement and facing a variety of consequences. At Coimbra Law Firm, we understand that there are a variety of factors which could have led to this situation, such as having left your license at home before you went for a drive or having lost it unbeknownst to you. Our West Covina driving without a license attorneys are here to help defend your driving privileges and rights.
To prove that you are guilty of this crime, the prosecution must show that:
You can also be charged with a traffic offense if you drive while never having obtained a driver’s license, if you neglected to renew your driver's license after it expired, or if you moved to California and never obtained a California driver's license, which is required if you are a resident here.
If you are found guilty of this crime and convicted, you could be facing serious consequences. The law requires you to have a valid license while driving, which means that you could be charged with a misdemeanor.
There are a variety of potential defenses to a driving without a license charge that our West Covina criminal defense lawyers may be able to use on your behalf. For example, if you just didn’t have your license on you at the time. If you are pulled over and don’t have your license with you but you do have a duly issued license, you should not be charged with a misdemeanor arrest, but should only face an infraction. Or if your license has expired or you have not obtained a California license, a judge might be lenient with you if you are able to go right away to obtain the proper license or renewal.