There are a number of reasons why a person can get charged with not having a valid operators license. Prince William law prohibits driving without a valid driver's license. People are charged with this offense when they have never had a valid license. The charge can also stem from not having a valid license because of 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, a first offense for driving without a valid license is punished by a fine. After the first offense, much depends on the jurisdiction in which the case was charged. A second offense may include a fine plus suspended jail time in the more lenient counties. In others, a conviction for a second offense could result in a period of active jail time. In most circumstances, a third or subsequent offense results in an active jail sentence.
If you are charged with not having a valid operator's license you should consult an experienced 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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