Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Driving Without a Lincense? Beware!

If you are an undocumented alien driving without a license in Virginia, be careful. Virginia will not grant a license to someone without immigration status. If you drive anyway and get caught, it is a misdemeanor, which means there is possible jail time. Although the jail time could be short, the fact is the moment you step into the jail, you are reported to ICE. ICE will ask the local jail to keep you in jail until they can pick you up, and you will be placed in removal proceedings.

The goal, then, if you've been charged with driving without a license is to negotiate a plea with no jail time. This could mean accepting a large fine. It all depends on past criminal history, hour driving record and what agenda the Commonwealth Attorney may have. Your best bet is to hire an experienced lawyer to negotiate the plea for you.

By:  William J. Kovatch, Jr.
(703) 837-8832

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