Anaheim, CA asked in Traffic Tickets and Criminal Law for California

Q: My son got a vc12500 a and has no permit or license. I want to start the process of getting him licensed. Will he get a

Misdemeanor automatically since he didn’t have a permit to drive even? He was driving a small 2 seat dune buggy if it makes a difference.

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Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Palm Desert, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: DMV WILL PROBABLY NOT ADDRESS THIS FOR A YEAR B/C OF THE 12500.........SO BE PREPARED.

John Karas
John Karas
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Temecula, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: VC 12500 is a "wobbler" meaning it can be charged as a misdemeanor or as an infraction. In most instances, the charge is reduced to an infraction with a fine (no probation) or even dismissed in the "interests of justice" if you hire an attorney.

The key question is no the type of vehicle your son was operating but WHERE. VC 12500 only applies to persons driving on a highway (or public street). If your son was off roading the dune buggy, it's not an offense and all the more reason to hire an attorney.

David Michael Lehr
David Michael Lehr
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Ventura, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: With respect, I disagree. Have your son get his license ASAP. The 12500 will very likely be reduced to an infraction (just a fine, no record) if he gets his license. If necessary, you can even go to court and have your son ask for one delay to have more time to get it done.

Good luck.

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