In South Carolina, you need a driver’s license on your person at all times whenever you drive. But did you know that there’s a difference between driving on a suspended or revoked license and driving without a license on your person?
FindLaw explains that driving without a license is categorized as a misdemeanor. This can include several different scenarios. For example, if you forgot your license at home and are pulled over, you can be ticketed for that. In this case, it may be considered a traffic violation. If you have your license but it isn’t valid, that can also count. A driver’s license that isn’t valid may have expired, or could be missing necessary stickers, signatures, or other qualifications.
It should be noted that even misdemeanor charges can come with hefty penalties. You will still be taken into custody and will need to post bail in order to leave. You may face jail time, though it will be less severe than it would be for a felony. Other potential penalties will also be less harsh.
Unfortunately, driving on a suspended or revoked license is an entirely different can of worms. If you’re caught driving after your license has been revoked or suspended, it will not be classified as a traffic violation or misdemeanor. Instead, since you are directly violating court orders, it will be treated as a more severe crime.
If you have been given a ticket for driving without a license, you may want to consider contacting an attorney who can help you fight the claim. This is especially true if you are being accused of driving on a suspended or revoked license.