Cal. Vehicle Code sections 2800.1 and 40000.7 (a)(3) allow for a fine of up to $1.000 and up to 1 year in county jail. The Court may also suspend the defendant's driver's license for up to 6 months, and impound the defendant's vehicle for up to 30 days. If the Defendant exhibits "willful or wanton disregard" for the safety of others while fleeing from a pursuing officer, the offense may be treated as either a misdemeanor or felony, punishable by a maximum of 3 years in state prison. Any conviction carries with it a traffic violation point count of 2 points. If a fleeing defendant inflicts serious bodily injury on another while fleeing during a police pursuit, the exposure is 3-7 years in state prison and/or a $2,000-$10,000 fine.
Lending of and Permitting Use of Disabled Person Placard (Veh. Code 4461 (b)-(d))
Lending a disabled person placard to one not entitled to its use is a misdemeanor, punishable by a $250-$1,000 fine and/or a 6 month jail term in county jail. In addition to, or instead of a fine, the court may impose a civil penalty of up to $1500 for each conviction.
Failure to Deliver to DMV Certificate of Ownership, Licenbse Plates, Etc. for Vehicle Prior to Dismantling It (Veh. Code 5500)
A first offense carries a $50-$500 fine and/or 5 days to 6 months in custody. Any subsequent offense carries a $250-$1,000 fine and/or 30 days - 1 year in county jail.
Driving Without a Valid License (Veh. Code section 12500 (a))
On a first conviction, the court must inform the defendant that a motor vehicle is subject to forfeiture as a nuisance if it is driven on a highway in California by the unlicensed driver who is a registered owner of the vehicle and has a prior misdemeanor conviction for driving on a suspended license or driving without a license.
Driving on Suspended License
There are several reason the DMV may suspend a driving license, each of which carries different penalties:
For reckless or negligent driving (VC 14601): First offense: $300-$1,000 fine plus 5 days - 6 mos in county jail. Second offense: $500-$2,00 fine, plus 10 days - 1 yr in county jail. Under specified circumstances, the court must order the installation of an ignition interlock device under VC section 23575 for up to 3 years from the date of conviction.
For failing to appear (VC 14601.1): A defendant must have knowledge of the suspension. Mandatory fines are $300-$1,000 upon a first conviction, and a second offense within 5 years carries a $500-$2,000 fine plus a mandatory 5 days in custody.
As a result of a DUI conviction (VC 14601.2): A first offense carries a $300-$1,000 fine, plus a mandatory 10 day jail term. A second offense within 5 years is a mandatory 30 days in custody. If the conviction occurred within 7 years (but over 5 yrs), then 10 days in custody.
Giving False Evidence of Insurance (Vec. Code 16030)
Giving false evidence of insurance to an officer or to the court, including an expired or cancelled insurance policy carries a fine of up to $750 and/or up to 30 days in county jail. Further, the court must suspend or restrict the driver's license for 1 year. The suspension may not be terminated until 1 year from the date of suspension and until the defendant files proof of financial responsibility. Further, the suspension must be reinstated where the defendant fails to maintain proof of financial responsibility for at least 3 years.
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