It is an offence to drive a vehicle without a licence. CM Solicitors specialise in driving offences and we can offer you expert advice. Driving without a licence can arise from a number of factors including; not having a valid licence or driving with a provisional licence but not being accompanied by someone over the age of 21 or with 3 years driving experience. In these circumstances ‘L’ plates must be displayed on your vehicle.
What are the penalties?
The penalties you can incur for driving without a licence are between 3 and 6 penalty points and a maximum fine of £1,000. The court may also issue you with a driving ban for a set period of time. It follows that if you are driving without a licence, you will also be charged with driving without a licence.
Driving whilst Disqualified
Driving whilst disqualified is dealt with differently to driving without a licence. There are few defences that can be used for this offence. CM Solicitors have vast experience in dealing with such cases and we will work with you to qualify whether there were any ‘special reasons’ as to why you were driving the vehicle at the time you were disqualified. Simply stating that you were not aware that you had been disqualified will be taken into consideration but cannot be relied on as a full defence.
What are the punishments for driving whilst disqualified?
You can receive 6 penalty points, discretionary disqualification and up to a £5,000 fine for driving whilst disqualified. Courts take an extremely dim view of this offence and prison sentences are common.
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