Driving whilst disqualified

Driving whilst disqualified

Driving a motor vehicle whilst disqualified is a criminal offence and if found guilty, carries severe penalties. It is also an offence to obtain a driving licence whilst disqualified; if you do so you may face a separate prosecution for this.

We have a specialist team of solicitors who will carefully examine all the circumstances surrounding the allegation all with the aim to establish a defence or identify factors that could mitigate any potential penalties.

Driving Whilst Disqualified

This offence is committed where a person drives a motor vehicle during a disqualification period that has been imposed on them by the Court.

Remember, disqualification takes immediate effect upon the Courts decision and you have to apply to the DVLA for the return of your driving licence following this disqualification period. Depending upon the circumstances and time limits it is possible to make an application for the removal of the disqualification before the period is due to end.

To secure a conviction there must be sufficient evidence to show that you were:

• Driving a motor vehicle; and
• Disqualified from driving at the time.

Driving whilst disqualified is a serious offence and could carry a prison sentence. The penalties vary depending on the unique circumstances of your case.

Penalties can include:

• A fine of up to £5000;
• 12 months imprisonment;
• Disqualification is discretionary, but mostly inevitable.

In some exceptional cases the court may refrain from disqualification and impose 6 penalty points.

What happens next?

If you are facing charges of driving whilst disqualified it is vital that you seek the legal expertise of motoring law specialists. This is a serious offence and obtaining legal advice from the outset can significantly assist you.

If found guilty of this offence it can have a significant impact on your life. Mander Cruickshank have the expertise on hand to advise and guide you each step of the way. We can help to ensure that any complexities and potential implications are effectively managed.

Having access to expert advice can bring peace of mind at a time when you face uncertainty and concerns for what lies ahead.