If you have lost your licence and continued to drive, this is what is known as disqualified driving.
In order to be disqualified in the first place, you need to have committed a traffic offence like driving under the influence, unlicensed driving or dangerous driving and received a driving licence disqualification from a magistrate.
To then choose to disobey this and continue to drive while disqualified from driving means that the courts can look on these offences quite harshly.
If you have been charged with driving while disqualified, it is absolutely vital that you seek comprehensive criminal legal representation at the soonest possible opportunity. While disqualified driving is a traffic offence, it carries with it potentially serious consequences.
It is vital that you have comprehensive legal representation to ensure that you receive the best possible outcome for your matter. We can represent you in court and will ensure that you have a full understanding of every factor involved in being charged with driving while disqualified.
What can happen if you are convinced of driving while disqualified?
If you are convicted of driving while disqualified, the Court must disqualify you from holding a Queensland Driver Licence for at least two years – up to a maximum of five years. You may also receive a fine or be imprisoned for up to 18 months.
At Hounsell Cunningham we take the time to understand all of the relevant factors around your driving disqualification, we go through potential defences and discuss options for your matter.
When you rely on your vehicle for work or to care for your family, it is possible for you to get a restricted licence in certain cases. This is only available to you in the first instance of disqualification for your original charge and cannot be done if you have been charged with driving while disqualified. This type of licence is also known as a work licence or a special hardship licence and can only be authorised by a court if your circumstances suit this kind of licence.
If you have had your licence suspended due to driving under the influence, dangerous driving or for another reason, contact us to find out more about our restricted licenses. We can assist you with putting forward an application for a restricted licence in particular cases.
Possible defences to driving while disqualified?
In very rare cases of emergency or necessity, it is possible to drive while disqualified. You might have had a family member fall ill suddenly and needed to drive them to the hospital or had some kind of emergency that necessitated you driving. If this is the case, we can gather the necessary evidence and put forward a defence to the court.
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This is not the kind of offence where it is wise to self-represent. The courts already look upon disqualified driving offences quite harshly, so it is important to allow an experienced traffic law firm to represent you. We can ensure that your matter is heard promptly and will be there by your side to ensure that the process is smooth and straightforward. We will keep you informed about what is likely to happen and will ensure the best possible outcome for your matter.
Hounsell Cunningham are here by your side to ensure that your penalty for driving while disqualified is as favourable as it possibly can be for your circumstances. Contact us today on (07) 3188 5626 to find out more about how we can represent you in your disqualified driving charge.