VC 12500

Is Driving Without a License a Misdemeanor in California?

Author's Note: Although I am a practicing attorney in Los Angeles County and Orange County, this article pertains to law that is applicable throughout California.  Were You Charged with Driving Without a License? Vehicle Code 12500 (VC 12500) is the California code section that applies to driving without a license. You should be cited with this charge only [...]

By | July 19th, 2016|

Riverside Traffic Attorney

Riverside Traffic Attorney There are several different California traffic laws that, if violated in Riverside County, could result in your need to hire a Riverside traffic attorney. Do I Normally Need a Riverside Traffic Attorney? A regular traffic ticket can normally just be paid and resolved fairly inexpensively, without the need to hire an attorney. [...]

By | August 3rd, 2013|

VC 12500 Driving Without a Valid License

VC 12500 Driving Without a Valid License  If you were driving without a valid license in California, and you received a traffic ticket for doing so, chances are you were cited under VC 12500 (a). Under California law, you are driving without a valid license if you were driving without a valid California license, and [...]

By | April 8th, 2013|

Suspended License in California? Top 3 Ways To Fix It

Suspended License in California - Learn How To Take Care of It There are many different reasons you may have a suspended license in California. The three headings below cover three of the most common reasons, and ways to get help. Reason #1: Unpaid Traffic Tickets One of the most common reasons drivers get a [...]

By | March 18th, 2013|

Driving Without A License in California (VC 12500)

This blog post considers the implications of a VC 12500 charge. VC 12500 is a California traffic ticket issued for driving without a valid license. It is distinct from VC 14601.1 (a) driving with a suspended license for the reason that if sentenced under VC 12500 you are only found guilty of not holding a valid California driver’s license, instead of INTENTIONALLY driving without a valid driver’s license, which is the VC 14601.1 (a) charge. Due to the fact that there is no INTENT element under VC 12500, the penalties for driving without a license are much less tough. For instance, if sentenced under of the 14601.1 (a) charge, you will receive two points on your driving record, which brings you closer to a negligent operator suspension. In the event that you are convicted of VC 12500, on the other hand, you will receive no points on your record, so you won’t have to worry about going to traffic school. The bad news is that penalties for driving without a license under VC 12500 might mean you’ll face fines, and a possible misdemeanor conviction on your criminal record. This is due to the fact that despite the fact VC 12500 is regularly considered a “traffic ticket”, it can be charged as either a misdemeanor or an infraction. Many of my clients want to know how to tell if your VC 12500 traffic ticket will be charged as misdemeanor or as an infraction. Sadly, there is no way to forecast how it will be charged. If you look at the copy of the citation the cop gave you (assuming you still have it - if you don't, contact me and I [...]

By | December 10th, 2012|