The courts take Driving whilst Disqualified offences seriously. The courts have a sentencing range from a financial penalty to imprisonment, with a maximum term of imprisonment of 26 weeks. The courts will use the Driving whilst Disqualified sentencing guidelines set in law to decide on the appropriate sentence - the more serious the offence, the more serious the penalty.
What factors will be taken into account?
The courts may seek to impose a term of imprisonment for a person who has very recently been disqualified and there is evidence of a long distance being driven and badly, for example. In some cases, the courts may be sympathetic and impose a fine for someone who mistakenly drove the day before their disqualification ended and only drove a short distance.
We can attend court for you to direct the Judge or magistrates to the mitigating factors of your case. We know that it can be difficult for a non-lawyer to clearly explain themselves in court or to understand the sentencing guidelines, which is why we can do all that for you, making your court appearance easier for you.