Arlington driving without a license, also known as the charge of 'no valid operator's license' is a crime. The first offense is a class 2 misdemeanor, while a second or subsequent offense is a class 1 misdemeanor.
Driving without a license in Arlington County, Virginia can be a serious charge. Virginia law prohibits driving without a valid driver's license. People are charged with this offense when they have never had a valid license. Sometimes people are charged with not having a valid license because they have an old suspension or revocation after which they never reinstated their license with the DMV. Sometimes, a police officer will use this charge for a driver who has moved to Virginia from another state and never updated their license. A first offense is a class 2 misdemeanor and subsequent violations are a class 1 misdemeanor. Upon conviction a court can suspend the defendant's ability to drive for up to 90 days. During this suspension period the defendant would not be able to apply for a Virginia license.
Typically in Arlington County, a first offense for driving without a valid license is punished by a fine. A second offense may include a fine, and typically carries a short period of jail time. On a third or subsequent offense an active jail sentence may increase substantially.
If you are charged with not having a valid operator's license you should consult an experienced Arlington County traffic attorney. Even if it is your first offense, an attorney may be able to help you avoid future serious consequences and help you determine how you can receive a valid license.
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