This charge can be filed as an infraction 14601.1 (a) or as a misdemeanor. The consequences can vary significantly depending on how the charge is filed. If your license was suspended because of traffic tickets, a prosecutor may reduce your charge from driving on a suspended license to the charge to driving without a license VC 12500(a) if you get your actual (physical) license back and show it to the court. A seasoned attorney can help you with this.
If your license was suspended pursuant to a DUI conviction, then jail time and fines may be required. However, pleading guilty to ‘quasi-criminal’ charges such as driving on a suspended license requires consultation of a seasoned criminal defense attorney first. Don’t take the first offer/plea bargain because you are tired of going to court. Hire an experienced attorney to go to court for you. I can tell you when you need to plead no contest or guilty and when it is advisable to fight.
Contact Errol L. Cook has years of experience handling these types of cases, and will be able to advise you of your rights, options, and how to properly proceed with your case