Driving without a valid license (VC 12500) is not as serious as driving on a suspended license (VC 14601.1), which is always a misdemeanor, and can lead to mandatory jail time, arrest and impoundment of your vehicle, and points on your drivers record.
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DMV suspensions don't work like that. Suspensions aren't terminated early for good behavior. You must serve the full term. As for the 12500, that's a charge someone gets for not having a license at all, not for having a suspended license. If driver gets a 14601 violation during sentencing, yes, there could be an additional suspension which depends on the number of points the person has on DMV record.
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I agree with the other lawyers but want to add that if convicted of driving on a suspended license due to suspension for dui you would face having to intall an IID and the court could order that for the term of probation. An expensive and embarrassing consequence.
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