What does it mean to “drive without a license” in Connecticut?
Driving without a license can refer to three scenarios.
You’re stopped for an offense and:
- You have
a license but it’s not in your possession. In other words, you were
licensed to drive but lacked proof, an infraction that may be dismissed once
you can prove that you possessed a valid license at the time of the
incident. (Note: you may have to pay a
- You never
applied for a license (or your license expired). The law requiring a valid
license in Connecticut is located at Connecticut General
Statutes § 14-36. It states, “no person shall operate a motor vehicle on
any public highway of this state or private road on which a speed limit has
been until such person has obtained a motor vehicle operator's license.” The
penalty is typically charged as a Class B traffic infraction and penalties
range from $15 to $100 (and you must also get a valid license). Subsequent
offenses may result in jail time.
license was cancelled, revoked or suspended by the authorities. This
offense is punishable as a misdemeanor. For a first offense, you may be fined
between $150 and $200 and jailed for a maximum of 90 days. (Conn. Gen. Stat. §
14-215(b).) For subsequent offenses, you may be fined between $200 and $600 and
jailed for a maximum of one year. (Conn. Gen. Stat. § 14-215(b).)
How do you fight the charge?
Fighting a “driving without a license charge” can be
difficult. Once the district attorney or
prosecutor alleges that you drove without a valid license, the burden of proof
is on you to prove that you did
possess a valid driver’s license at the time of your offense. If you don’t
evidence of a license, you lose! Depending on your circumstances, you may
benefit from the advice or negotiating skills of an attorney.
Can an undocumented immigrant obtain a driver’s license in Connecticut?
Commencing January 2, 2015, undocumented aliens can obtain a
“DRIVE ONLY” driver’s license in Connecticut.