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What happens if I get arrested for DUI and I only have a drivers permit?

I'm 31 years old and just never got my drivers license when I was younger. I took the classes and have been driving on a permit while I finish what I need to get my license. I got pulled over and charged with DUI and want to know what will happen next and how will my not having a license affect things.

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    Peter Goldscheider | Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
    438 Cambridge Ave. Suite 250
    Palo Alto, CA 94306
    (650) 323-8296
    You will have an additional charge of driving without a license.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 3/16/2013
    Terry Nelson | Nelson & Lawless
    2134 Main St., #130
    Huntington Beach, CA 92648
    (714) 960-7584
    The same as if you had a license, unless you were also in violation of the restrictions of the permit [time, place, etc] When questioned, arrested or charged with any crime, the proper questions are, can any evidence obtained in a test, search or statement be used against you, can you be convicted, and what can you do? While this isn't a 'capital case', it certainly carries potential ?time?, so handle it right. No amount of free 'tips and hints' from here or elsewhere are going to effectively help in a legal defense. If you don't know how to represent yourself effectively against an experienced prosecutor intending to convict, then hire an attorney who does, who will try to get a dismissal, charge reduction, diversion, programs, or other decent outcome through motions, plea bargain, or take it to trial if appropriate. A little free advice: If arrested for DUI, whether alcohol or drugs, then upon release from jail or booking, the defendant is given documents that include a notice that he has only ten days to file a request with DMV for a hearing on an appeal of the automatic suspension of license imposed by DMV upon arrest. That is separate and runs consecutively with any suspension that may be imposed by DMV or the court upon conviction. Contact DMV and do so timely if you think you have grounds for appeal, then appear at the scheduled DMV appeal hearing to present your supporting evidence and witness testimony. If you don't know how to do these things effectively, then hire an attorney that does.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 3/14/2013
    Patrick Mahaney | Law Office of Patrick Mahaney
    8244 Old Federal Road
    Montgomery, AL 36117
    (334) 277-3974
    It is a separate offense to operate a motor vehicle without proper license, or to operate a vehicle while the license is suspended or revoked. If convicted of the DUI offense, then the clerk of the court will transmit the notice of conviction to the Department of Public Safety for entry against your driver record. The fact that you do not have a driver license is not a factor. The Department will create a 'file number' and then you will have your privilege to operate suspended (or revoked) for the statutory period of time.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama - Replied: 3/14/2013
    Steven Alpers | Steven Alpers
    39300 Civic Center Drive #110
    Fremont, CA 94538
    (510) 792-5110
    This will definitely slow down your license. You will not be eligible for the time of the suspension. You must enroll in DUI classes and provide insurance and you will probably have to see a hearing officer and you will probably be put on probation for a while.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 3/14/2013
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