What does it mean to “drive without a license” in Nebraska?
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). Nebraska
Revised Statute § 60-484 states that no resident of the State of Nebraska
shall operate a motor vehicle upon the alleys or highways of this state until
the person has obtained an operator's license. The offense will likely be
treated as a Class III misdemeanor with a maximum fine of $500
license was cancelled, revoked or suspended by the authorities. For first
time offenders, this offense is usually punishable as a Class III misdemeanor
with a fine of up to $500 and a maximum three months jail time.
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 have
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 Nebraska?
An undocumented immigrant is not permitted to obtain a driver's
license in Nebraska. In addition, Nebraska denies driver’s licenses to youth
granted DACA (Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).