Driving whilst suspended/disqualified
Driving whilst your licence is suspended or disqualified are two of the most common driving offences in Victoria. Nevertheless, the courts take a tough stance towards these offences.
What are the maximum penalties?
The maximum penalties for driving whilst your licence is suspended or disqualified are:
- 1st offence – imprisonment for 4 months and/or a fine of approximately $4200
- 2nd or subsequent offence – imprisonment for 2 years, and/or a fine of approximately $33,600
What if I didn’t know that my licence was suspended or disqualified?
It is possible to challenge the charge if at the time you were caught you did not know your licence was suspended, and it was reasonable in the circumstances for you to not know this. Call our lawyers today for an assessment as to whether you can challenge your charge.
If I plead guilty, can I keep my licence?
Yes, it is possible. This is because further licence disqualification is not a mandatory penalty. If this is your first offence, and you can show the Magistrate that it is important for you to have a driver’s licence due to your work or family responsibilities, you have a good chance of being able to keep your licence. It is always advisable to have legal representation so that the best case possible is put to the Magistrate.
Can I really go to jail for something as minor as driving when I’m not allowed to?
Yes. The courts do not view driving whilst licence suspended or disqualified as a minor offence. Jail is a real possibility if you are a repeat offender. It is always advisable to have legal representation in Court.