If your driver’s license gets suspended in Sydney, it can be very problematic. You may need to drive for work, use your car to drop the kids off or get to and from work. It can impede on being able to get to the shops as well as your social life. There are many reasons you might want to get behind the wheel, however, there are consequences of doing so. If you want to challenge your license suspension get in touch with Platinum Lawyers. We are well experienced in Traffic Offence legislation and can provide an excellent representation for you in court. Here are the penalties for driving whilst having a license suspension in Sydney.
Be Clear About the Suspension Period
You can get your license suspended for a number of reasons including exceeding your demerit point limit or not paying your fines. A police officer can issue a suspension on the spot or it may be issued by the court. Roads and Maritime Services will advise you in the mail if you have incurred too many demerit points. As long as you have kept your contact details up to date then you should find out via post that you can no longer get behind the wheel. If you haven’t changed your address details this won’t be accepted as an excuse for driving while suspended. If you were caught excessively drink driving or a similar traffic crime you will be advised in court of the period of disqualification. It is your responsibility to identify what the exact length of the suspension is and what date you are permitted to drive again. Ignoring the suspension has significant consequences.
Penalties for Driving Without a License
The penalties for driving whilst banned from doing so differ and will largely depend on if it’s your first offense. You may have to pay up to $3,300 in fines and face a compulsory disqualification for a year if it’s your first time. If you repeatedly ignore the suspension you may have to fork out $5,500 in fines and forget about driving for two years. There are also further penalties if you get a suspension whilst learning to drive or during the probationary period. You might have to start from the beginning of the type of license you had before the disqualification period.
How a Lawyer Can Help?
Driving whilst suspended will result in a criminal conviction being recorded which can have negative repercussions on your job prospects amongst others. For example, nursing, childcare and security careers require a clean criminal record. You may also experience problems if you want to travel or move to another country. If you hire an experienced lawyer, you may be able to persuade the court to give you a section 10 which overrules the conviction and suspension. It is advisable to seek legal advice if you have been charged with driving whilst suspended from driving in Sydney. When looking for a lawyer, ensure they have adequate experience with Traffic Offences.
Hiring a reputable lawyer to defend you greatly reduces the likelihood of receiving a severe penalty along with a criminal conviction. If you are looking for legal advice regarding Traffic Offences in Sydney contact Platinum Lawyers.
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