• Driving Disqualified

If you are disqualified from driving it is a very serious offence to drive during the period of the disqualification and to do so can result in a prison sentence of up to six months. If the offence is less serious you could still end up having to do unpaid work or you may be given a curfew as a punishment.

You can also receive either 6 points on your licence or a further disqualification.

Depending on the circumstances of your original ban then you may need to take a retest before you are able to drive again legally. In any case, if you have been disqualified from driving you need to apply for a new licence before you can get back on the road. You can do this 56 days before the end of your disqualification or 90 days if you are high risk.

Remember that if you are classified as a ‘high risk offender’ you cannot automatically drive at the end of your ban. You will need to prove you are fit to drive and pass a medical examination. High risk offenders are those who have been convicted twice of drink drive in a ten year period, had a high reading of alcohol in their breath or those who refused to give a specimen when suspected of drink driving. https://warrens.law/hidden-peril-of-drink-driving/

To be found guilty of driving whilst disqualified you must be driving in a public place. Whether or not a place is public depends largely on what access the public have to it, not whether or not it is privately owned. It is well established, for example, that pub carparks are public places even though they are privately owned – as in most cases the public has free access to area.

You also need to be driving a motor vehicle, which is defined as a mechanically propelled vehicle intended or adapted for use on a road. Some vehicles are specifically excluded, such as electric bikes.

If you have questions about your disqualification or you are charged with driving whist disqualified you should call now for some free initial advice about what your options are.

Key stages for a guilty plea

We will meet with you, consider the evidence and advise on the likely sentence and then represent you at court. We will then discuss the outcome with you after the case.
The fee will not include obtaining expert or other witness statements to assist your case, advice and assistance on a special reasons or exceptional hardship hearing or advice on an appeal.

How much will it cost?

Costs will vary depending upon the circumstances of your case but typically the fees will range from £750 to £1,200 + VAT depending on the circumstances and where the case will be heard and we will discuss this with you when you first come to see us. Timescales will again depend on the facts of the case and when your case is listed with the court. Typically it will take between 2 and 6 months to complete dependent upon when the case is listed by the court. You should be aware that legal aid is not generally available for motoring offences, unless they are of the more serious kind.

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