Driving Offences

It is a serious offence in Queensland to drive a motor vehicle without holding a licence to do so. There are two types of offences under the heading ‘driving without a licence’. The first is ‘driving while disqualified’ and it is committed if a person drives a motor vehicle after being disqualified by a court. The second offence is simply driving without a licence and it is committed by a person who drives a motor vehicle while their licence is, for example, expired or suspended. Depending on the circumstances, these offences are treated very seriously by the courts and some offenders, in particular repeat offenders, receive prison sentences.

For first time offenders to avoid going to prison reasons must be provided to the court. There may be an explanation as to why you drove eg an emergency. If you can explain your reasons to the court, the court may not convict you, and may only impose the minimum mandatory disqualification period.

If you have been charged with driving without a licence it is important that you obtain legal advice, and possibly representation, before you go to court for your matter in order to ensure the best possible outcome for yourself.

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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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