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What are the typical penalties for driving without a license?

When you drive without a license in Louisiana, there can be repercussions if you are stopped by the police. This type of problem can be for two reasons: you were driving without a license due to suspension or revocation or you forgot to carry and produce your license. The penalty for this can be as simple as a "fix-it ticket" to jail time and the loss of your car to impoundment.

Sometimes, if you fail to apply for a state issued driver's license within the time allowed, you can suffer at the hands of the authorities if you are caught.

If your license is expired, temporarily suspended or permanently revoked, you will most likely have to show up at court to set the matter straight. Having an attorney by your side can be a real help at a time like this.

Failure to produce a valid license when stopped by the police can bring one of the two common outcomes. First, a correctable offense that sees you getting a ticket and requires you to prove you have a license later in traffic court. Failure to comply with these rules will cause you to get a fine or other penalties.

Second willful violations are when you drive without a license or have a suspended or revoked license. This is a much more serious offense. This can lead to a citation, an arrest and being charged with a misdemeanor.

If you drive from state to state without a valid driver's license, you may get a really hefty fine of up to $300 and be charged with a first- or second-degree misdemeanor. You will have to show up before the court and hopefully, with the help of a knowledgeable attorney, be set free without any jail time having to be served.

An attorney can give you more information on how to proceed when charged with driving while suspended.

Source: Misdemeanors, "Driving Without a License," accessed July 22, 2015

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