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Unlicenced Driving in QLD

Facing charges for driving without a valid licence in Queensland can lead to serious consequences, including hefty fines, licence suspension, or even imprisonment. These penalties can significantly impact your daily life and future opportunities.

If you do happen to find yourself in this situation, you’re not alone. Drink Driver Lawyer is here to provide the expert legal support you need. Our team specialises in handling cases involving unlicenced and disqualified driving, ensuring you receive professional guidance through each step of the legal process.

What Constitutes Unlicenced and Disqualified Driving in QLD?

Unlicenced driving

Occurs when an individual operates a vehicle without holding a valid driver’s licence.

Example circumstances:

  • Never Licensed: The individual has never applied for or been granted a driver’s licence.
  • Repeat Offender: The person has a prior conviction for unlicenced driving within the past five years.
  • Expired Licence: The driver has a licence, but it has expired and has not been renewed.
  • Invalid Licence: The licence is not valid in the jurisdiction where the individual is driving.
  • Suspended Licence: Driving while the licence is actively suspended due to speeding or accumulating demerit points, or after the licence has been suspended due to serious offences such as DUI.

Disqualified driving

Involves those whose licences have been court disqualified but choose to drive regardless.

Example circumstances:

  • Court-Ordered Disqualification: Driving despite the court’s specific order for disqualification following a traffic or criminal offence.

QLD Penalties for Unlicenced and Disqualified Driving

For first-time offenders, unlicenced driving might attract a fine or even lead to imprisonment, depending on the case specifics. Repeat offences generally result in harsher penalties. For disqualified drivers, the law mandates a minimum disqualification period with potential for imprisonment, which increases in severity with subsequent offences.


Penalty for First Offence

Penalty for Subsequent Offences

Unlicenced Driving

Fine up to $5,500, potential disqualification 

Heavier fines, Disqualification, potential imprisonment

Disqualified Driving

Minimum 2 years disqualification (added onto existing disqualification)

2 – 5 years disqualification, potential imprisonment

If you’re facing charges for unlicenced or disqualified driving, consulting a lawyer is critical. They can help you understand all your legal options, including potential defences and mitigations. You don’t have to simply accept the charges and face court alone; a lawyer can guide you through alternative solutions and represent you effectively to achieve the best possible outcome.

Ally Hodges
Drink Driver Lawyer Client
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I found the whole process with Donnelly, very easy and straightforward. Great communication and I felt very confident by being guided through the whole process. The outcome was far better than expected, but also everything that I deserve. I would recommend this group to anyone who is in a situation where they need representation for a matter in court.
Natalie Howell
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Danielle from Donnelly Law was absolutely fantastic! Super kind, helpful, and explained everything to me. I was extremely anxious and she made the whole situation easier to get through. I can not thank her enough !
Central Coast Concreting
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The overall process with Danielle from start to finish was seamless she made me feel at ease with her professionalism and integrity I could not of asked for a better result in my case under difficult circumstances she got me the mandatory minimum for my driving charge and took the stress out of a difficult time in my life. I would recommend Danielle to anyone.
Bailey Harris
Drink Driver Lawyer Client
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Very good people to deal with. Had everything organised and matter dealt with over the weekend and achieved a very good result.
Mr Crickmore
Drink Driver Lawyer Client
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Really really appreciate Donnelly law group ,they have a very good understanding on how to help people dealing with Injusticeand would recommend them to anybody. Danielle, Jacob and Jack are brilliant , thanks so much.
Trent Manukuo
Drink Driver Lawyer Client
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First time needing legal aid for myself so I was unaware of how proceedings will go. Donnelly made things easy and simple and guided me every step of the way. My lawyer on court day was great she explained everything, answered all my questions and gave positive reassurance everything was all good. Court matters were swift, I recieved my SHO License and now I am able to continue on with my work. Once again thank you to the team at Donnelly Law Firm for your expertise and support.
Matthew Morris
Drink Driver Lawyer Client
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I will gladly recommend Donnelly Law Group from start to finish they made the process a lot easier.

How Drink Driver Lawyer Can Help You

Understanding traffic law in Queensland can be daunting, especially when it comes to dealing with unlicenced or disqualified driving charges. At Drink Driver Lawyer, we specialise in providing expert guidance to help you understand your rights and options, ensuring you’re not left to figure it out on your own.

Personalised Legal Strategies: We create our defence tactics based on the aspects of your specific case to ensure effective representation in court.

Expert Representation: Our lawyers possess extensive knowledge of Queensland’s traffic laws and bring years of experience in handling similar cases.

Guidance Through Legal Processes: From initial consultation to final court appearance, we guide you at every step, ensuring you understand the proceedings and your legal options.

Effort to Minimise Penalties: We strive to reduce charges or penalties, seeking alternatives to conviction where possible, such as negotiating for lesser penalties or advocating for non-custodial sentences.

At Drink Driver Lawyer, we are dedicated to defending your rights and reducing the impact of  your charges. Our approach is direct and effective, focusing on minimising penalties and securing favourable results.

Ready to Take the Next Step?

Contact Drink Driver Lawyer today to discuss your case and learn how we can help you with these challenges. Our initial consultation will provide you with clear insights and clarity around options available to you.

Your Team - The Best in the Business

It’s important that you understand that Drink and Drug driving offences are considered serious!

There are also serious consequences if you don’t have your matter dealt with appropriately. 

How much do you depend on the ability to drive? How is your life going to be affected if you can’t drive in order to meet your daily life and professional commitments? 

At Drink Driver Lawyer, we spend each day in court dealing with exactly what you are currently facing.

It’s equally important that you understand, that with Drink Driver Lawyer, you aren’t just another number. Our team take personal interest in each person, their individual circumstances and their case. Understanding your situation and individual needs, assists our team to achieve the best result for you.

We are locals, we are trusted, and we are on your side during what can be a stressful time.

Give yourself the best chance of staying on the road, contact your Drink Driver Lawyer team today – call 07 3999 8661. My team and I are committed to getting the best result for you.

Shannon McLaughlin

Expert Traffic Lawyer and Queensland Law Society member

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Address: 3/116 Scarborough St, Southport, QLD, 4215
Contact Number: 07 3999 8661

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