If I’m 17 and got a ticket for not stopping at a stop sign and driving without a valid license but I told the officer that I didn’t have my mother’s permission to drive her car, what will happen?

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If I’m 17 and got a ticket for not stopping at a stop sign and driving without a valid license but I told the officer that I didn’t have my mother’s permission to drive her car, what will happen?

The police said I did not fully stop at a stop sign so that was the reason for my being pulled over. I also had no license and it was my mom’s car but the car didn’t get impounded. I got a ticket for not stopping at a stop sign and driving without a valid license. The officer asked if I had my mother’s permission to drive it. What will happened if I answered with a “no”? This was my first offense.

Asked on July 1, 2015 under General Practice, California

Answers:

B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

If the officer didn't give you a ticket or arrest you for any additional charges, then most likely nothing else will happen.  You will just need to arrange for a way to resolve the ticket by either contesting the charge or paying a fine.  The only way for you to face a more serious charge is if your mother really pressed the issue and insisted that criminal charges be filed against you for some type of theft offense.  If this did happen, you would be looking at some type of informal probation or informal court program ----because you are so young.  This is not a "throw the book at you" or "send you to jail for life" type of case.  This is simply a "straiten up and don't let it happen again" situation, and the court will assess any punishment consistent with that mentality.


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