What happens if you get a DUI without a license depends on your state’s laws and your exact charges. Generally speaking, though, if you get convicted of both charges, you’ll face fines and penalties for both of these violations.
Of course, just because you get charged with these crimes doesn’t mean you will get convicted. You may have been driving without a license for several reasons, some of which are less serious offenses. Also, DUI tests can be faulty, and police may not have collected evidence appropriately. A DUI lawyer from our firm could defend you and work to show that you deserve lesser charges and penalties.
Charges and Penalties You Can Face for a DUI
Each state has its own laws regarding DUI charges and penalties. Some states refer to impaired driving as driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI).
PennDOT Driver & Vehicle Services outlines the penalties you may face for a DUI charge. If your blood alcohol content (BAC) was at the general impairment level of .08 to .099%, you could face penalties such as:
- For a first-time offense: Misdemeanor charges, up to six months of probation, a $300 fine, and alcohol highway safety classes
- For a second-time offense: Misdemeanor charges, license suspension for 12 months, jail time, up to $600 in fines, and alcohol highway safety courses
- For a third-time offense or higher: Second-degree misdemeanor charges, license suspension for 12 months, up to two years in jail, up to $5,000 in fines
You could face even greater penalties if your BAC was higher than the general impairment level. A DUI conviction can also result in insurance rate hikes and other life challenges.
Charges and Penalties for Driving Without a License
In Pennsylvania, you are required to have a valid driver’s license with you when you are driving. If you fail to carry a license, you could face penalties under Pennsylvania Statutes Title 75 Pa.C.S.A. Vehicles § 1501. These penalties could include a $25 to $200 fine.
You may be able to avoid facing penalties for driving without a license if you can prove that you are licensed, or your license was lost, stolen, or destroyed.
Other Aggravated DUI Charges You Could Face
Aggravated charges can heighten your fines and penalties associated with a DUI. Beyond driving without a license, you could also face consequences for:
- Causing a car accident
- Causing an accident that results in bodily injury or a fatality
- Driving under the influence with a minor in the car
- Other moving violations, such as speeding or reckless driving
All of these charges come with their own unique sentencing guidelines if you receive a conviction. For instance, some states will charge you with a felony if you drive under the influence and cause an accident resulting in bodily injuries. A felony is a more serious charge than a misdemeanor. With a felony, you may need to serve years in prison, pay thousands of dollars in fines, and face several other challenging consequences.
If the courts see that you were driving without a valid license, they may levy even harsher penalties.
You Could Deal With Other Consequences After a DUI
If you receive a conviction for a DUI, you can see unexpected consequences in several areas of your life. Plus, if you receive aggravated charges like driving without a license or causing a serious injury in a crash, you may face even higher criminal charges.
With a criminal record, you could have trouble with:
- Getting a job or maintaining your existing one
- Taking out a loan
- Renting an apartment or buying a home
- Personal relationships or child custody arrangements
Because a DUI conviction can have a major ripple effect on your life, you may want to seek out legal help after a DUI arrest. Our DUI lawyer can explain your legal options, help you build a defense, and seek the fair results in your case.
Contact Us Today To Work With Our DUI Attorney
If you face misdemeanor or felony DUI charges, McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. can help you. We can build a case in your defense and represent you in court, if necessary. When you become our client, we will provide responsive legal care. Your lawyer will be available to you through email, phone, text, or social media. Contact us today to learn more about working with our DUI lawyer. We offer free case evaluations and can answer any case-related questions you have.