The law:Road Traffic Act 1988, s.103

A person is guilty of an offence if, while disqualified for holding or obtaining a licence, he drives a vehicle on a road

Likely sentence or penalty

The offence is triable only in the Magistrates Court and carries a  maximum Level 5 fine and/or 6 months imprisonment. The court  must endorse the licence and may disqualify. If no disqualification, the court will impose 6 points.

Our advice:

You may be charged with this offence at the police station or by way of summons or requisition through the post.

The offence is absolute. This means that generally speaking there is no defence. If you were driving and you have been banned from the court then you are guilty. This is even so if you have been disqualified by the court in your absence.

It is highly recommended that you seek advice from specialist motoring or criminal defence lawyers who will either be able to help you avoid a conviction or limit the damage by securing a reduced sentence.

Rose & Dunn can represent you for a fixed fee or possibly on legal aid. Contact us for further advice and assistance including a free initial appraisal of your case with no obligation.