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Regardless of how bad your traffic record is, the court has a discretion whether to record a conviction against you for the offence. If the court decides not to record a conviction, you will not be disqualified from driving. Section 10 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act allows a court that finds a person guilty of an offence the discretion not to impose a conviction against them.
If the court decides to convict you for the offence, the court must disqualify you from driving for the mantatory period set by the law or any additional period as the court may order. The mandatory period of disqualification is the minimum period of disqualification that the court can impose if it convicts you of the offence.
The following statistics for a suspended driving charge have been obtained from the Judicial Commission and were accurate as at August 2010. The statistics show sentencing trends for suspended driver charges and are to be used as a guide only.
|No# of Cases||11068|
|Section 10 Dismissal||1025|
|Section 10 Bond||2325|
|Good Behaviour Bond||1069|
|Community Service Order||197|
|Gaol Including Home Detention||35|
Penalties the court can impose for a suspended driver charge.
The following penalties apply once the court decides that it intends to record a conviction against you:
The most common defence for this offence is the defence of honest and reasonable mistake of fact. You must give evidence that you were unaware at the time of driving that you were either cancelled or suspended because you were not notified by the RTA. In order to successfully raise the defence you have to prove that your belief that you were not cancelled or suspended was both honest and reasonably held.
In NSW, traffic offences are treated seriously. Therefore, it is important to get competent legal advice as early as possible, whether you have received a penalty notice, had your licence suspended or been charged with a serious offence. Our lawyers are highly experienced and understand the difficulties you face without a licence. We can guide you through the process while dealing with the various authorities related to your matter.