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Unfortunately, if they wrote you for driving without a license, this is a bit different than not carrying a license and this is a mandatory court appearance as a misdemeanor. If you do have a license and it was current at the time you were stopped, then you have to actually appear in the court and show your valid license to the Commonwealth Attorney and they will reduce the charge to the violation from the misdemeanor, but you cannot do this by sending a copy of your license, you have to physically appear in court and you have to show your license.
VA court rules on these traffic cases are overly tough, but they will not budge. A personal appearance is required and either you make a personal appearance or you have to pay a local attorney to make a personal appearance with a certified copy of your driver's license record from SC to prove you had a current license at the time and simply did not have it on your person to get the Commonwealth Attorney to reduce the charge. This is because the charge you have now is a misdemeanor criminal
offense and carries a possible jail sentence
, unlike a violation that is only a fine.
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