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What is punishment of driving without a license and getting pulled over for the second time

Winchester, VA |

i have got pulled over for the second time and when the cop pulled me over he made up a excuse when he walked up to my car he seen that i had something hanging in my rear view mirror....and as i dont have a license this is the 2nd time i have got pulled over and i dont know what will happen

the cops here i am having the feeling they are racist .....the only thing i did was go to work and help my family but i guess i cant even do that without always getin pulled over /....the cops didnt have a reason to pull me over as soon as they pulled me over they made up an excuse i hate the stupid cops

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The government has a legitimate reason for requiring that drivers have a current and valid license to drive. You cannot drive without a license and every time you do you subject yourself to being legally stopped.

Consider making other arrangements to get to your place of work or more problems await you.

Good luck.

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Second offense No Valid Operator's License is Class 1 misdemeanor offense carrying a possible fine of up to $2500 and jail up to 12 months, either or both. (See Va. Code Sec. 46.2-300)

M.E. Hendrickson
Attorney & Counsellor at Law
211 North Union Street Suite 100
Alexandria, Virginia 22314


Generally, you are likely looking at active jail time for a second offense for driving without a license. As far as the dangling object goes, this is a quite common basis for a stop in Virginia. There is a actually a code section in title 46.2 of the Virginia Code which prohibits having objects hanging from your miror.

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