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  • #31
    Misdemeanor traffic arrest. Either a misdemeanor citation with a booking date, or if the suspect doesn't qualify for citation (too many FTA's or FTB's) they get to go downtown.

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    • #32
      In Canada its a provincial offense. In BC it's under the motor vehicle act, section 24(1) - drive without drivers license. The offender gets a $276 fine, and if they get multiple tickets for this they get up graded to a vehicle impound candidate (7 days) and are served an unlicensed drivers prohibition. They simply can't drive until they apply for a DL. If they're found driving while on the prohibition they are arrestable for driving while prohibited and the vehicle they are found driving with gets impounded for 7 days again. If the offender keeps this up they end up serving time.

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      • #33
        We were taking offenders to jail, but the DA would not prosecute so we were directed to just write tickets. So when everyone does stop a person with no DL or suspened DL, do you let them drive away?? Or do you make them get a licensed driver or tow?

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        • #34
          Originally posted by TX Longhorn View Post
          Or do you make them get a licensed driver or tow?
          Yes
          My new word for the day is FOCUS, when someone irritates you tell them to FOCUS

          (F*** Off Cuz Ur Stupid)

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          • #35
            Tow. If they've never had a license or their license is suspended it's a 30 day impound
            Today's Quote:

            "The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits."
            Albert Einstein

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            • #36
              Priors go to jail.Certain days of the week certain people wont be caught behind a wheel because they know if seen they will go to jail .Again

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              • #37
                In Massachusetts, it's an arrestable offense under Mass. General Law Ch. 90 section 10...unlicensed operation if it is witnessed by an officer. If an officer finds someone was in violation after the fact, such as at an accident, then the driver can only be issued a summons to appear in court.

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by TX Longhorn View Post
                  We were taking offenders to jail, but the DA would not prosecute so we were directed to just write tickets. So when everyone does stop a person with no DL or suspened DL, do you let them drive away?? Or do you make them get a licensed driver or tow?
                  It's arrestable in my state either way, but not everyone always needs to go to jail. Generally, if they caused a bad accident, have priors, or other aggravating circumstances, I'll arrest. If they haven't been officially served, if I believe the excuse I'm given, or if any other factors make me think a citation will create voluntary compliance with the law without arresting them, I'll cite and have them park the car and/or get someone to pick them up. Discretion is a wonderful thing.

                  I, personally, am not a fan of flipping R/Os on tags and pulling over just because they are suspended or unlicensed. Everyone does their thing differently, tough.

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                  • #39
                    Tennessee. Misdemeanor criminal offense. A misdemeanor citation with a promise to book oneself in/appear in court. If they don't meet our criteria for citation (history of failure to appear, failure to be booked, outstanding warrants) then they go to jail.

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                    • #40
                      We cite for No DL and usually have them park their car in a nearby lot and get a ride. We don't wait around for them to get a ride either. We are way too busy to be waiting 20 minutes for a tow on every no DL we get. I'm selective on who I stop and most are usually missing one or more of the big 3 - DL, registration, or insurance.

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                      • #41
                        Alaska

                        AS 28.15.011. Drivers Must Be Licensed.

                        (a) A person may not be denied the privilege to drive a motor vehicle upon a highway in this state, except as prescribed by law.

                        (b) Every person exercising the person's privilege to drive, or exercising any degree of physical control of a motor vehicle upon a highway, vehicular way or area, or other public property in this state, is required to have in the possession of the person a valid Alaska driver's license issued under the provisions of this chapter for the type or class of vehicle driven, unless expressly exempted by law from this requirement.

                        (c) A person licensed under the provisions of this chapter may exercise in this state the privilege to drive a motor vehicle and is subject to the restrictions prescribed by this chapter. A municipality may not require a person to obtain any other driver's license to drive or operate a motor vehicle in this state.

                        Penalty - Special Class Misdemeanor - A person convicted of a misdemeanor for a violation of a provision of this title for which another penalty is not specifically provided is punishable by a fine of not more than $500, or by imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or by both. In addition, the privilege to drive or the registration of vehicles may be suspended or revoked.

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                        • #42
                          Indiana - It is a Class C Misdemeanor and is enhanced to a Class A Misdemeanor with a previous unrelated conviction. Also, it usually comes with court ordered license suspension....... Yes, the license you don't have, can be suspended. Happens all the time.

                          IC 9-24-18-1
                          Driving without a license

                          Sec. 1. (a) A person, except a person exempted under IC 9-24-1-7, who knowingly or intentionally operates a motor vehicle upon a highway and has never received a valid driving license commits a Class C misdemeanor. However, the offense is a Class A misdemeanor if the person has a prior unrelated conviction under this section.
                          (b) In addition to any other penalty imposed for a conviction under this section, the court shall recommend that the person be prohibited from receiving a valid driving license for a fixed period of at least ninety (90) days and not more than two (2) years.
                          (c) The court shall specify:
                          (1) the length of the fixed period of the prohibition; and
                          (2) the date the fixed period of the prohibition begins;
                          whenever the court makes a recommendation under subsection (b).
                          (d) The bureau shall, upon receiving a record of conviction of a person upon a charge of operating a motor vehicle while never having received a valid driving license, prohibit the person from receiving a driving license by placing a suspension of driving privileges on the person's record for a fixed period of at least ninety (90) days and not more than two (2) years. The bureau shall fix this period in accordance with the recommendation of the court that entered the conviction, as provided in subsection (c). If the court fails to recommend a fixed term of suspension, or recommends a fixed term that is less than the minimum term required by statute, the bureau shall impose the minimum period of suspension required under this chapter.
                          (e) In a prosecution under this section, the burden is on the defendant to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the defendant had been issued a driver's license or permit that was valid at the time of the alleged offense.

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