In California, driving without a driver’s license can be an infraction or a misdemeanor depending on the circumstances. An infraction can result in a maximum fine of $250. On the other hand, a misdemeanor charge can lead to a fine of up to $1,000, probation, possible impoundment of your car, and even possible jail time.
However, the fact that you have an expired license does not affect your right to pursue a claim. The situation that you have an expired driver’s license is separate from your car accident situation. The other driver at fault will still be at fault. That means you can still process your claims for vehicle damages and personal injuries.
Immediately after getting medical help, you should consult an experienced lawyer. The lawyer may advise you to renew your driver’s license as soon as possible. Renewing your driver’s license will help you if the insurance company or the court decides to use the fact that you drove with an expired license against you. An experienced lawyer can guide you through all the necessary steps. And you can be assured that a lawyer will work hard to give you the compensation that you deserve.