What does it mean to “drive without a license” in Utah?
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). This is typically
considered an infraction and subject to fines of up to $750.
license was cancelled, revoked or suspended by the authorities. For first
time offenders, this offense is punishable as Class C misdemeanor with a fine
of up to $750 and up to 90 days in jail.. If the suspension was for a DUI, it’s
a class B misdemeanor.
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 Utah?
An undocumented immigrant can obtain a one-year driving
privilege card provided that he or she can show documents verifying identity
and Utah residence.