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Have you been charged with driving without insurance or without a valid driver’s licence in Scotland? Our motoring lawyers can provide you with the advice and representation you need.

Driving without insurance or a valid licence Law in Scotland

There are criminal sanctions for those who drive without insurance or a valid licence in Scotland. There are also sanctions for driving without valid road tax or an MOT. Offences such as this may result in: penalty points, fines, or a criminal charge.

If you have been disqualified from driving and you wish to drive again you must apply to the DVLA to be licensed to drive before the disqualification period ends. Depending on the circumstances of your disqualification, you may have to pass an extended driving test. If you fail to pass this and drive on the roads, then you will have committed the offence of driving whilst disqualified.

Driving whilst disqualified defence

It is a criminal offence under s103 of the Road Traffic Act 1998 to drive while disqualified. This is a strict liability crime, which means that you cannot claim that you could not have reasonably known you were disqualified, or plead ignorance. If a conviction for doing so is upheld by court, you may be given a prison sentence.

However, it is not always clear-cut as to what constitutes ‘driving’, or whether the car was on a road for the purposes of the Road Traffic Act. Therefore it is important to contact an expert road traffic lawyer who can give you advice on whether you have a defence.

If you have been caught driving without insurance or a valid licence it is important you contact a road traffic lawyer as soon as possible. Our experienced motoring solicitors can help you.

Motoring Lawyers Edinburgh

Thorley Stephenson understands the importance of protecting your licence and the impact that prosecution in this area may have upon you and your family. Based in Edinburgh, we can represent you in any criminal court in Scotland.

Contact Our Motoring Offence Solicitors Now

Our solicitors aim to provide clients with the best possible legal advice and representation on all aspects of motoring law in Scotland including driving without insurance, a valid driver’s licence or without the required documentation. Please contact us today on 01315569599 to speak to one of our solicitors.

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