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Driving Without a Licence

If you were never entitled to drive and you were caught driving without a licence you could, in extreme cases, be disqualified from driving for as long as the magistrates saw fit, and you could be fined up to £1,000.  If the magistrates chose not to disqualify you then they would have to impose between 3 and 6 penalty points.  If this brought your total to 12 penalty points or more then the Magistrates Court must disqualify you for at least 6 months unless exceptional hardship is successfully argued.  Our leading specialist solicitor, Mr Hatvany, has a 90% average success rate for the last 10 years for saving people’s licences in such situations.  If you face the allegation of driving with no licence, contact Mr Hatvany for a FREE telephone consultation.


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Examples Of “Driving Without A Licence” Offences

  • Driving a car without having passed the required driving test.
  • Driving a motorcycle without having passed a full motorcycle test and without a motorbike entitlement.
  • A learner driver who drives without L-plates or a suitable supervisor (someone over 21 years old who has held a driving licence for 3 years or more).

Additional Offence

Most insurance policies require a driver to have a valid driver’s licence. Therefore, if you are accused of driving without a licence you may also be accused of the more serious offence of driving with no insurance.  However, it should be noted that it is not the role of the police or Crown Prosecution Service to decide if your car insurance is invalid.  Instead it is up to your car insurance company.

Why You Should Contact Speeding Law Solicitors If You Face An Allegation Of Driving With No Licence

We are motoring law specialists.  Our leading motoring law solicitor, Philip Hatvany, has an 82% average success rate over the last 10 years  defending motoring offence cases at trials.  Mr Hatvany attends a wide range of Magistrates' Courts, these include Bristol, Southampton, Birmingham, Cardiff, Bath, Portsmouth, Reading, Coventry and Oxford Magistrates' Courts.  He also attends Magistrates Courts in London.  Even if your case is being heard at a Magistrates Court further away, one of our select pool of barristers, who are located throughout England and Wales, can attend the hearing under Mr Hatvany’s close supervision.  Mr Hatvany will still carry out all the preparation in relation to such cases.  Call Philip Hatvany now for a FREE telephone consultation on FREEPHONE 0800 909 8110

Causing Death By Driving Whilst Unlicenced

This is a vastly more serious offence. To be guilty of this offence you would have to be driving without a licence and there would have to be some connection between your driving and the death of an individual.  Following the judgement of the Supreme Court in the case of R v Hughes (2013) the standard of driving is relevant.  There has to be “some act or omission in the control of the car which involves some element of fault and which contributes in some more than minimal way to the death of an individual.”

The Penalty For Causing Death By Driving Whilst Unlicenced

This offence can be dealt with in either the Magistrates Court or the Crown Court.  The maximum prison sentence in the Magistrates Court is 6 months.  The maximum prison sentence in the Crown Court is 2 years.  Irrespective of whichever court you are sentenced in you must be subject to a minimum driving ban of 12 months.

Why You Should Contact Speeding Law Solicitors If You Face An Allegation Of Causing Death By Driving Whilst Unlicenced

This is a matter which is treated very seriously by the courts and frequently results in a prison sentence.  There are, however, numerous defences which may be available.  Therefore, if you face such an allegation please contact Philip Hatvany, our specialist motoring solicitor, for a free telephone consultation on FREEPHONE 0800 909 8110.