Driving Offences

The offences of driving while disqualified, cancelled or suspended are treated very seriously by the Canberra Magistrates Court. Many repeat offenders receive prison sentences or an alternative to a full time custody such as periodic detention or a suspended prison sentence.

For first time offenders there is little risk that you will go to prison. There may be a good explanation as to why you drove. If you can explain your reasons to the court, the court may elect not to convict you or impose a disqualification period.

The following pages have been designed to inform people charged with a driving whilst disqualified, cancelled or suspended offence what penalties are likely to be imposed by the court.

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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.


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