There are several ways a person can be detected as driving without a driving licence:
- Never bothered to get one;
- Didn’t bother to renew one;
- Lost because fine default;
- Lost because of demerit points;
- Lost because of a specific offence;
- Lost because of a judicial order;
- Didn’t bother to renew following a cancellation, suspension or disqualification.
This section will look at some of the offences and circumstances which result in a driver losing their driving privileges.
There are some instances where an offender can be imprisoned for driving without a licence, so this is an area to be taken seriously. Repeat offences carry mandatory disqualification periods and can result in the loss of driving privileges for years.
A driving licence is often crucial to people to be able to work, shop and parent their children. The courts refer to driving privileges, and the right to drive is a privilege, but also, often a necessity.
If you wish to challenge an outcome that has resulted in the loss of your licence, see our section on Licence appeal
If you have been lost your driving privileges, and you would like assistance to understand your options, including licence appeals, J Sutton Associates, have NSW Law Society recognised Accredited Specialists in criminal law, with decades of experience acting for people in these situations. Call 02 8080 8055 for personalised advice and service.