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    Default Unlicensed Driver Pulled Over

    My question involves a driver's license issued by the State of: CA

    I am 17 years old, I have taken two of my Permit Lessons. I was driving at 1am with two friends. We were going to a gas station close by for food and drinks. I was pulled over on my way there for suspicion. I was cited with an Infraction as an unlicensed driver. (Unlicensed Driver VC 12500 (a))

    What are the consequences and how should i deal with them?

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    Default Re: Unlicensed Driver

    Depends if they charged it as a infraction or a misdemeanor, Expect $400-800 in fines and fees depending on how it is charged.

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    Default Re: Unlicensed Driver

    You are very fortunate - they could have impounded your car for 30 days and that would mean fees of about $2,000 or more to get it out after that.
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    Default Re: Unlicensed Driver

    Say I were to get my License and Insurance before the court date. Could I show the judge those two things and have the Infraction Fine droped to a small fee? I've read about a few similiar cases where that has happened.

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    Say I were to get my License and Insurance before the court date. Could I show the judge those two things and have the Infraction Fine droped to a small fee? I've read about a few similiar cases where that has happened.
    How do you know its an infraction and not a misdemeanor?

    And at any rate, that decision would be up to the judge hearing your case!

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    Default Re: Unlicensed Driver

    The ticket I had received was marked as an Infraction rather than a Misdemeanor.

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    Say I were to get my License and Insurance before the court date. Could I show the judge those two things and have the Infraction Fine droped to a small fee? I've read about a few similiar cases where that has happened.
    If these have been corrected, the judge can impose the administrative fee.

    As for it being a misdemeanor, that is doubtful. While it can be so charged in theory, it rarely ever is. The expense and time for a trial is not worth the potential outcome.
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    If these have been corrected, the judge can impose the administrative fee.

    As for it being a misdemeanor, that is doubtful. While it can be so charged in theory, it rarely ever is. The expense and time for a trial is not worth the potential outcome.
    Thank you, I haven't received my License or Insurance but I plan on doing that very soon, and I haven't received my Court Date yet. So I'll be doing that.

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    Thank you, I haven't received my License or Insurance but I plan on doing that very soon, and I haven't received my Court Date yet. So I'll be doing that.
    While the court might be inclined to let you off with a correction if you get a valid license by your court date, if you were not insured when you were stopped, you may have to pay for the insurance anyway.
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    Default Re: Unlicensed Driver

    Luckily the car was Insured by my parents, the cop marked on my ticket that I had proof of insurance. So I'm a little confused.

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