Driving Unlicensed in Victoria
Driving unlicensed in Victoria is a fairly self-explanatory offence and applies to any individual who either:
- Does not hold a drivers licence or permit, including where a licence is expired;
- Is in breach of an existing condition rendering their licence invalid (such as an interstate suspension); or
- Being a person who is exempt
There is no mandatory minimum period that an offender must be taken off the road in relation to an unlicensed driving charge. It is instead at the discretion of the Magistrate.
The maximum penalties however are quite significant, including between 1 and 4 months jail in some circumstances.
Can I defend the charge?
First time offenders usually receive a fine and possibly a short period of loss of licence. However as there is no mandatory minimum period that an offender must be taken off the road, a specialist traffic lawyer may be able to help you avoid a licence loss.
In conjunction with other offences this offence can become more serious. You should speak to an experienced traffic lawyer about potential defence. Having representation will give you the best chance of a positive outcome in the circumstances.