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Driving Whilst Suspended qld

Driving with a suspended license is considered as driving without a license.

It is prohibited by law and the offender can be disqualified from holding a license for at least 1 month to a maximum of 6 months. The offender can also be fined and/or imprisoned for up to a year.

The reasons for suspension may be:

  • accumulation of demerit points;
  • failure to pay fines;
  • conviction for driving more than 40 km/hr over the speed limit.

There are instances when a driver’s license is immediately suspended due to serious violations such as:

  • high level blood alcohol concentration;
  • being charged with a low level drinking offense while there is a pending charge;
  • failure to provide breath or blood sample to police;
  • being charged with operating a vehicle while under the adverse influence of intoxicating substances. The suspension of the driver’s license for any of the above enumerated reasons will remain until the charge is heard by the court.

If you have not paid any fines imposed by a court (State Penalties Enforcement Registry) or you have gained too many demerit points your licence will be suspended or you have received a conviction for driving over 40 k/hour past the speed limit.

If you have been convicted of driving unlicensed the court will have to disqualify you from using a driver licence for a minimum of 1 month and up to 6. You may receive a fine of $4400 or even be imprisoned for up to 12 months.

There are situations where Immediate suspension may take place which include failure to provide a specimen of breath or blood to the police when requested or you have been charged with a low level drink driving offence or while an earlier similar charge is still pending or you have been charged with driving under the influence or with the dangerous driving of a motor vehicle while affected by an intoxicating substance.

If you are convicted of unlicensed driving, the court must disqualify you from holding a driver licence for 2 to 5 years. You may also receive a fine of up to $4,400, or be imprisoned for up to 1 year.

If convicted, the disqualification from holding a license may range between 2 to 5 years.

If you have been charged with a traffic offence, it is important that you seek legal advice. Contact our Criminal lawyers .

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