Drivers of almost all vehicles on roads or public places need a licence As well as drivers with no licence at all, the following can be accused of unlicensed driving: learners without a supervisor or ‘L’ plates; some foreign drivers who have been in the UK for more than 12 months; drivers whose licence has been revoked by DVLA.
If the police have accused you of an licence offence and you want to challenge the case against you, I may be able to help. Are you worried about a driving ban for a licence offence? I can help with that too.
Things I Look Out For in Driving Licence Cases
- Is there any evidence that the accused was driving
- Errors in procedure by the police
- Errors in procedure by the prosecution
- If the driver is pleading guilty are there any special reasons not to impose penalty points
- Can the case be referred back to the police for a fixed penalty
- Have the police made a mistake by saying that the licence was not in place or invalid
- Was a foreign licence still valid even though the driver had a UK provisional licence
- If the driver will get 12 points or more will there be exceptional hardship which could result in a reduced ban or no ban at all
- Should no penalty points be imposed because the driver entitled to a licence
Also Known As
- Driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence
- No having a proper licence
- Not complying with the terms of a driving licence
Penalties for Unlicensed Driving
The maximum sentence for unlicensed driving is:
- Fine £1,000
- 3-6 penalty points or a disqualification from driving
No penalty points are imposed if the driver was entitled to a licence.
The police can impose a fixed penalty for no insurance of 3 penalty points and £100.00.
Crown Court or Magistrates’ Court?
Unlicensed driving trials and guilty pleas are always in the Magistrates’ Court. Appeals are in the Crown Court.
Find Out More
- Legal advice for a police interview
- Taking a case to trial in the Magistrates’ Court
- Special reasons not to disqualify or give penalty points
- Avoiding a driving ban for 12 penalty points (or more)
- How I can help with a guilty plea in the Magistrates’ Court
- Appeals to the Crown Court against conviction and sentence
- Great value fixed fees
Unsure If You Need Legal Representation for Unlicensed Driving?
Before you decide if you need a solicitor, call me or request a call back under no obligation.