Oops! I left my Driver's License at Home. What Now?

People get behind the wheel without a license for lots of reasons.  They left it in their gym bag, forgot it in their wallet or purse, or misplaced it altogether.  Alternatively, some people drive without a license because they do not qualify for a license or had their license suspended.  So, what happens if you are in a car accident or are stopped by a police officer and you do not have a valid driver’s license with you?

If you can prove to a court that you had a valid driver’s license at the time you were stopped or had an accident, you can probably avoid many of the repercussions associated with driving without a license but might have to pay a fine.  On the other hand, if you simply do not have a valid driver’s license, the penalty could include time in jail and/or a substantial fine.  The length of sentence varies based on whether this is a first offense or repeat offense.  The penalties can be even worse if your license was suspended or revoked at the time you were driving. 

Possibly the worst scenario is when a driver is caught driving with a license that was suspended due to a DUI.  The law indicates that ten days in jail is mandatory in this situation.  However, some courts are flexible on this requirement and it will depend on where you were caught driving.
If you have received a citation or been arrested for driving without a license, you should contact an attorney.  Attorneys at the Joyce Law firm are experienced in criminal law as well as accident and injury law and are available to consult with you about your case.


Charlcee Small is an attorney in Northwest Arkansas who focuses on criminal defense.  If you would like to meet with her to discuss your case, please contact the Joyce Law Firm to schedule a consultation.

Joyce Law Firm was founded in 2002 by Kirk Joyce.  Each of the attorneys at the Joyce Law Firm focus in specific areas of law, including, but not limited to: personal injury, immigration, criminal defense, family law, and business law.  Contact the Joyce Law Firm today at 479-442-5577.  More about JoyceLaw Firm

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