Thank you for your question. He was more than likely arrested for Vehicle Code 14601.1, because of his unpaid fines. He should consult with a local criminal defense lawyer to discuss possible defenses. If he now has his valid license back an attorney may be able to get the charge dismissed or dropped down to an infraction. I have also had some success in contacting the local police department and speaking to a supervisor to get the car released to the registered owner if they have a valid license, etc. Best of luck.
They may have arrested him for the wrong charge, but the DA will straighten it out and charge him properly. Since his license is now good, he can probably get it reduced to an infraction with a fine of about $400. Good luck to you.
I agree that it is advisable to consult an attorney at this point. If his license was suspended because of a DUI conviction -- possibly noncompliance with a probation requirement that he didn't know of -- he could be facing charges under Vehicle Code section 14601.2. As stated by Mr. Hicks, it is quite possibly a 14601.1 -- and hopefully. However, if he has already been convicted, the difference between the two statutes becomes important.
If the suspension is a result of a DUI administrative action, the appropriate charge would be §14601.1 and there would be no mandatory jail time if convicted.
If the suspension is a result of a DUI conviction, the appropriate charge would be §14601.2, which calls for a minimum of 10 days jail-time if convicted. This can certainly be avoided, and hopefully is not the case, but contacting a qualified attorney is highly advised.
Best of luck to both of you.
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