Driving without a license is seen as an aggravating factor – meaning a factor that makes the offense of driving under the influence even more egregious. There are many different legal names for this, but a common charge you might receive as a result of DUI without a license might be “aggravated reckless driving,” and it is almost equivalent to attempted murder in some jurisdictions. This aggravated status may elevate a DUI from a misdemeanor to a felony, triggering jail time and much stiffer fines and penalties.
All of this will make it harder to convince a jury that you were innocent of the DUI charges. After all, someone who drives without a license, may be perceived as disregarding other driving laws as well (and be more likely to drive while intoxicated). In general, you will find that if you have received a DUI charge without a license, you will be facing heavy court costs, fines, and virtually guaranteed prison time. In addition, you will be barred from applying for or receiving a driver’s license for an extended period of time, in some cases as long as five years or more.
With two potential crimes - a DUI and driving without a license- it is essential that you get the help of a qualified lawyer if you find yourself facing a DUI arrest with no driver's license. Your lawyer can help you to plead down the charges or otherwise take steps to reduce your sentence and penalties.
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