Was Your Teen Caught Driving Without a License? He’d Better Have a Good Excuse
Reasonably enough, society frowns on teenagers who drive without a valid license. It's important for young people to learn how to follow the rules, and skipping the legal steps required to earn the right to drive in Virginia (applying for a learner's permit, taking a road test, etc.) can be prosecuted as a misdemeanor offense.
With that said, however, there are some circumstances in which a judge or district attorney might treat a juvenile offender more leniently, or have the charges dismissed entirely. A serious emergency—say, the teen was being chauffeured by his father, and had to take over the wheel because of a medical emergency—is unlikely to result in prosecution. If an unlicensed teenager winds up behind the wheel because the friend who drove him to a party is too drunk to drive back, that might also be in the defendant's favor.
As you might have guessed, the worst outcomes to these cases occur when the teenager in question doesn't have a good excuse for his actions. A statement like “I took the car because I thought it would be fun to drive” won't impress many judges, nor will the fact that the unlicensed teen is actually a more skilled driver than most licensed adults! Questions? Call the traffic defense attorneys at Jarrell, Hicks & Waldman for a free consultation!