Answer: A VC 12500(a) charge is “Driving without a valid license.” Cops arresting for a DUI will often list this charge when the driver has an out of state license. Particularly if the driver has a CA address, and the car is registered in California. A 12500(a) charge is usually charged as a misdemeanor, but it can be dismissed, or reduced to an infraction. I have had success in getting that accomplished (as well as getting good results on DUI cases.
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