Have you been driving whilst disqualified or without insurance?
Driving whilst disqualified
It is a serious offence to be found driving on a road whilst disqualified, it is known as an absolute offence which means there is usually no defence. Contact our solicitors immediately to obtain expert advice and guidance whether the case is best suited to build a defence or to try and reduce the sentence. There are also evidential issues which will need to be addressed in court. If these are successfully argued it could lead to the case being thrown out of court.
In most cases the prosecution will only have to prove that you were driving whilst disqualified to find you guilty and secure a conviction. There are not many defences to prevent them from doing so, unless there is a fault with the evidence. If you were absolutely forced to unwillingly drive the vehicle, you may be able to avoid conviction, however this can be difficult to prove. It may be that you were not aware you were disqualified when you drove the vehicle.
Driving whilst disqualified can lead to harsh penalties. If convicted it can lead to up to 6 months in prison, a hefty fine or an extended disqualification. Penalty points are mandatory. An early guilty plea can reduce the sentence. Our expert solicitors can help you get the best possible outcome for you.
Driving without insurance
The law requires a vehicle to have a minimum of third party insurance before driving or parking on a public road. Car insurance can be a complicated process and things can occasionally go wrong. It may be that you have not intentionally driven an uninsured vehicle and our expert solicitors can build you a defence.
If you have allowed someone to drive your vehicle knowing they were not insured, you may be charged as well as them. It is likely to be given 6-8 penalty points.
If you have not been driving your vehicle and it is parked on private land, you have to register the vehicle as off the road. A SORN; Statutory Off Road Notification is necessary if you are not taxing or insuring your vehicle. It is an offence to not SORN an unused vehicle and you could face a fine of up to £1000.