Driving without a license is not a felony
Question: I was charged with a VC 12500 driving without a license in Los Angeles, CA (metropolitan court). Is this a felony? Can I avoid prison? The cop that pulled me over said I had to go to court and it was not like a regular traffic ticket. I am living here temporarily and it is causing me much stress.
Answer: No in Los Angeles, CA a VC 12500 charge for driving without a license is not a felony, and thus even if convicted, you would not go to prison (which is distinguished from county jail). A VC 12500 can be filed as a misdemeanor though and by statute a penalty can include county jail time, but even in worse case scenario, that’s not as bad as a felony or prison.
Call me to discuss further. I can be reached at 818-336-1384. I have been successful of getting VC 12500 charges reduced to infractions, and often completely dismissed. Even in situations where people have had prior misdemeanor convictions for VC 12500. Further, if I am retained to handle your case, I can appear at court without you needing to be there so you don’t have to miss work or school.
In the meantime, there is more information about driving without a license charge here: VC 12500 driving without a valid California drivers license.
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