Loss of Licence

How Can I Lose My Licence?

You can lose your licence for a number of reasons. At times the licence disqualification may be mandatory and others will be at the discretion of a sentencing court. Some of the common ways in which you can lose your licence include:

  • Accruing 12 or more demerit points within a 3 year period;
  • Drink or drug driving offences;
  • Failing to provide a breath or drug test;
  • Careless driving;
  • Reckless and dangerous driving;
  • Failing to stop and render assistance at an accident;
  • Driving at excessive speed (more than 45 km per hour above the speed limit);
  • Illegal interference with a motor vehicle; or
  • Illegal Use of a Motor Vehicle

What Can I Do If I Lose My Licence?

This really depends on why you are losing your licence. In some circumstances, you may be able to appeal against the loss of licence. Alternatively, there may be some special circumstance relating to you which might convince a Magistrate to let you keep your licence. However there are some occasions where there may be very little you can do.

Unfortunately for drivers, this area of the law is complex at times. It is important that when you are charged with a driving offence, or receive an expiation notice that you know will result in a loss of your licence, that you contact us prior to doing anything.

We will be able to help. Even if you intend on pleading guilty to the offence or simply paying the fine, you should still seek legal advice. We will be able to inform you of the full range of options that are available to you and if you are pleading guilty, we will be able to assist you in achieving the best possible result.

What Happens If I Lose My Licence and Continue to Drive?

You are committing a criminal offence. When your licence is suspended or disqualified, your licence is no longer valid. If your license is suspended or disqualified you must not drive.

If you are found to be driving while suspended or disqualified, you face up to 6 months imprisonment for a first offence or up to 2 years imprisonment for a subsequent offence. A subsequent offence means you committed the same offence within 5 years of the current offence before the court.

If you are charged with driving suspended or disqualified it is important that you speak to us so we can help you achieve the best result.