A Driver's license is an absolute necessity for driving in Philadelphia. If you are Ticketed for Driving Without a valid driver's license, you will be facing fines, increased insurance premiums, and even possible jail time or license suspension for subsequent offenses.
Driving is a necessary component of most people's day to day lives. How can you possibly get to work or go shopping if unable to drive? Realistically, most of us do not live close enough to work to walk or take a cab and for many a bus or train is not a realistic option. So people get behind the wheel even when they don't have a valid driver's license. Whether you never had a license at all or your license is the wrong type needed for your driving purposes, you are going to need an attorney to mitigate the damage from this ticket. The traffic attorneys with the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C.
Driving Without a License Facts
First of all, driving without a license is simply and firmly entirely disallowed within the Commonwealth. If you have no license at all - suspended or otherwise - you will definitely need an attorney to resolve this matter as your defenses will be minimal.
If ticketed for driving without a license, there are two ways to avoid being charged:
•(1) Produce a valid license within 15 days of the stop and provide it to the ticketing authority. They should rescind the ticket at this juncture.
•(2) Proving that you had a valid license on the last day of the preceding driver's license period. If you can do this and claim that your license was lost, stolen, etc. then the ticket will be rescinded and you'll be issued a $25 fine.
But, if you never had a license, there is no such mechanism for you to avoid being charged.
Driving without a license is in fact a less serious offense than driving while suspended. In fact, the latter is often used as a plea down for the former. If you have been offered this plea deal by the prosecutor, you need to consider whether this plea works for you, as any further tickets of this ilk may very well lead to a suspension of your driving privileges. It may be worth disputing.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
As with most tickets, it is best to retain counsel so that your legal representative can defend you when possible or at least negotiate a plea with the prosecutor. Driving without a license is a ticket which will impact your future driving aspirations and should be taken seriously as a result. If you ever hope to get a license, you will need to understand exactly how this ticket will impact you down the line. The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. can explain to you how this ticket will impact you in the future and negotiate a favorable plea on your behalf whenever possible. Call today to schedule a free consultation with one of our traffic lawyers to discuss what we can do for you.
This content was written on behalf of Greg Prosmushkin.