Sec. 1 . (a) An individual, except an individual exempted under IC 9-24-1-7 , who knowingly or intentionally operates a motor vehicle upon a highway and has never received a valid driver's license commits a Class C misdemeanor. However, the offense is a Class A misdemeanor if the individual has a prior unrelated conviction under this section.
(b) In a prosecution under this section, the burden is on the defendant to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the defendant:
(1) had been issued a driver's license or permit that was valid; or
(2) was operating a Class B motor driven cycle;
at the time of the alleged offense. However, it is not a defense under subdivision (2) if the defendant was operating the Class B motor driven cycle in violation of IC 9-21-11-12 .
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