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HiM nephew is 26 years old and does not have a drivers

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M nephew is 26 years old and does not have a driver's license (CA). Twice he has been ticketed for driving without a valid driver's license. He is scheduled to go to court next week
March 9 and March 10 in two different courts. He did not get ticketed for DUI although on one of the incidents he was involved in a hit and run-- not his fault-- the other driver fled the scene-- no one was injured.

My question/concern is: Will he face possible jail time for these incidents for driving without a license? He is certain he will. He is scheduled to take a driving exam this week-- will showing the court he has a driver's permit lessen this offense? If he does face jail time could we ask the court if could do community work? Thanks for the help

Yours truly,

Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  Ely replied 6 years ago.

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Assuming that he is found guilty and his sentences are to run concurrently, he would be facing any or all of the following:

Probation for up to three years,
Up to six months in the county jail,
A maximum $1,000 fine,
A possible 30-day impound of the vehicle.

(Infraction Vehicle Code 12500 VC)

The prosecutor may agree to reduce the charge in a plea deal, but this is highly subjective and I strongly recommend having counsel represent him, as that would really help to give him an advantage.

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