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Penalties for a DUI Without a License

Orange County has its share of unlicensed drivers, who typically fall into these categories: non-U.S. citizens without a valid driver license, people whose licenses are suspended or revoked, and people who’ve never had a valid license before. That said, it’s not uncommon for our local law enforcement agencies to arrest unlicensed drivers for driving under the influence. It happens every day.

Our firm is located in Laguna Hills, which is surrounded by Irvine, Lake Forest, Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, Orange, Santa Ana, Aliso Viejo, and Mission Viejo. Because of our convenient location, we regularly defend unlicensed drivers throughout OC against DUI charges. When our clients are first arrested for DUI without a driver license and they contact our firm, they often ask us:

  • Will I go to jail?
  • Will I be deported?
  • What are the fines?
  • Can I re-enter the U.S. if I leave?
  • Will I be arrested if I attend the hearing?
  • What will happen if I don’t show up in court?
  • Will the DUI affect my ability to get a Green Card?
  • Will the DUI stop me from getting a driver license?
  • Will the DUI stop me from becoming a U.S. citizen?
  • Will a DUI come up on employment background checks?
  • Will my license suspension or revocation be extended?

What Are the Penalties Involved?

To be honest, there is a long list of mandatory and optional penalties connected to a DUI for someone that does not have a valid driver license, whether they are a U.S. citizen or not. What happens to unlicensed drivers depends on a variety of issues, such as: 1) what county the defendant is convicted in, 2) the defendant’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC), and 3) whether the charge was reduced to a lesser offense, such as wet reckless.

If you are convicted of DUI without a driver license in Orange County, you face the possibility of fines, jail time, DUI School, and of course, problems obtaining affordable auto insurance. But, instead of focusing on what could happen, we want to concentrate on fighting your case.

Related: How to Prevent a DUI Arrest

Your best solution is to contact our firm to schedule a consultation with a member of our legal team. It would be worth your while to speak to an experienced DUI lawyer who can fully explain how the DUI “system” treats people in your particular situation.

We offer free consultations, so contact our office and find out why we are known as one of Orange County’s top DUI defense firms!