What happens if I get caught driving without a licence?

There are a number of reasons why you might be caught driving without a licence. Your licence might have expired. If you have had your licence suspended or cancelled, or you have never held a licence, there can be more serious consequences if you are caught behind the wheel. If you have been accused of an unlicensed driving offence, it is important to speak to a lawyer. Experienced traffic lawyers Sydney wide can help you understand the charges you are facing, and make sure that you get the best possible outcome.

It is against the law in NSW to drive a vehicle without carrying a current driving licence. If you have been suspended, disqualified or have never had a licence, it is illegal for you to drive at all. Driving without a licence can incur more severe penalties if you have been suspended or disqualified, than if you have never had a licence.

  • If you have never held a driving licence, or haven’t held one in the previous five years, you can face a fine of $2,200. If you are caught again in a second or subsequent offence, you can be looking at up to $3,300, and a maximum prison term of 18 months.
  • If you have held a NSW driving licence in the previous two years, and you are driving illegally because you have failed to renew your licence and it has expired, you can expect a fine of $496 for a first offence, and $762 for a second or subsequent offence. If your licence expired more than two years ago, the fine is $596 for a first offence, and $1,191 for a second or subsequent offence.

If you have been disqualified, suspended or had your licence cancelled for any reason, and you are caught driving, there are more severe consequences. Disqualification from driving happens when you have been prohibited in court from holding a driving licence, while the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), can impose a suspension, commonly as a result of having too many demerit points on your driving licence. Here is some more information on the different terms. The penalties for driving while disqualified or suspended are:

  • For a first offence, a minimum disqualification of 12 months, a maximum fine of $3,300, and maximum term of imprisonment of 18 months.
  • For a subsequent offence (within five years), you will be facing a minimum disqualification of two years, and a maximum fine of $5,500 with maximum imprisonment of two years.

Are you facing charges for driving without a licence? If so, try not to panic – there are mitigating circumstances in some cases, which might be able to help you avoid the worst case scenario for many of these charges.

Many people rely on driving for their employment and day to day life, so if you can reduce the severity of your charges, it can have a significant impact on your life and get you back on the road sooner rather than later.

If you have been charged with driving without a licence in NSW, it is essential that you seek advice from one or more experienced traffic lawyers Sydney wide. Drivers who are facing traffic charges of any kind need the highest quality legal advice from professionals who understand NSW traffic law and the legal system.

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