Driving without a licence, insurance or MOT certificate is a criminal offence, as is the failure to produce these documents at a police station when ordered to do so. If you have been charged with one or more of these motoring offences, our specialist road traffic solicitors can offer you the best possible defence to minimise any negative consequences.
If you are stopped by the police when driving, you are required to produce your driving licence, insurance documents and MOT certificate on request. If you do not have them with you at the time, you will be given a HORT/1 form, known as a ‘producer’, requiring you to produce them at your local police station within 7 days. If you still fail to produce these documents, then you are committing a criminal offence and could also be charged with driving without a licence, insurance or an MOT certificate, even if you actually have these documents.
If you are charged with any of these offences and wish to plead not guilty then it is essential to seek specialist legal advice at the earliest opportunity. Where you have committed an offence, we can help you review the circumstances and see if there are any mitigating factors that may allow you to minimise the penalties you face.
At Minton Morrill, we are highly experienced in representing clients in cases relating to driving document offences, with a strong track record of success under even the most challenging circumstances. We have the expertise to identify the best possible defence strategy for your situation, enabling you to achieve the most favourable outcome available.
To find out more about how our road traffic offences solicitors in Leeds, Bradford, Hull, Yorkshire and the wider North of England can help you with all types of driving documents offences, please contact us.
How our solicitors can help you with driving documents offences
When you contact our driving documents offences solicitors for help, we promise to:
- Take the time to understand your unique circumstances.
- Offer a realistic assessment of your situation and the potential outcomes, including the penalties you face.
- Clearly explain your legal options, including the likely costs and timescales involved.
- Support, guide and represent you through the entire process of defending yourself against a driving documents offence or seeking reduced penalties.
- Make sure you stay informed at every stage of the prosecution, so you are never left in any doubt about what is happening and can have complete confidence in the legal service we are providing for you.
Types of driving documents offences
There are 3 main types of driving documents offences you can be charged with. Each carries its own penalties and if you are charged with more than one of these offences, or already have penalty points on your licence, this can easily result in a driving disqualification, even if a single offence does not result in disqualification.
Driving without a licence
To drive any vehicle in a public area, you must have a full driving licence (unless you have a provisional driving licence and are accompanied by a person with a full licence). If you are stopped by the police and are not able to produce your licence on request, the penalties can be serious.
Penalties for driving without a licence can include:
- A fine of up to £1,000
- 3-6 penalty points
- A discretionary driving ban
Driving without insurance
It is a criminal offence to drive in any public place without at least 3rd party insurance (covering any injury or damage you cause to another person or their property). If you are caught driving without insurance by the police, the on-the-spot penalties can include:
- A fixed penalty of £300
- 6 penalty points on your licence
If the case goes to court, the penalties can include:
- An unlimited fine
- Disqualification from driving for up to 12 months
The police also have the power to seize and, in some cases, destroy a vehicle that is being driven without insurance.
Driving without a licence and insurance
Being caught driving without a licence and insurance can come with very serious consequences, including:
- A fine of up to £5,000
- 6-8 penalty points (on top of the 3-6 for driving without a licence)
- Disqualification from driving
- Being banned from applying for a driving licence for a set period
Driving without an MOT
Driving without a valid MOT certificate is an easy mistake to make, but it is still a criminal offence and can come with serious penalties. This can include:
- A £60 fixed penalty notice
- A maximum fine of £1,000 if the matter goes to court
- 6-8 penalty points
- Your vehicle being impounded
- Your insurance being rendered invalid
Failing to have an up-to-date driving licence
It is important to note that if you move home, even temporarily (e.g. when going to university) you need to update the DVLA with the details of your new address. Failure to do so can result in a fine of up to £1,000.
For immediate assistance with any type of driving documents offence, contact Minton Morrill now by calling 0113 345 2387.
Our expertise in driving documents offences
Our Leeds-based road traffic offences solicitors have been supporting motorists all over the UK with all types of driving documents offences for more than 30 years. We have a track history of successfully defending clients against charges of driving without a licence, driving without insurance and driving without an MOT, as well as minimising the penalties in cases where an offence has been committed.
Our expertise and experience in all areas of motoring law gives us the insight you need to clearly establish the facts, including identifying any mitigating circumstances, and then develop a strategy to protect your interests, including aiding you in keeping your driving licence wherever possible.
Minton Morrill is highly recommended by the Legal 500 and Chambers’ Guide to the Legal Profession, this being entirely based on feedback from our clients and other professionals. We are members of the Police Action Lawyers Group and have several Accredited Police Station Representatives and qualified Legal Aid Supervisors within our team.
We have achieved the Law Society’s Lexcel Legal Practice Quality mark, reflecting the high standards we adhere to in our legal practice and client care. We are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) providing reassurance that we will continue to meet the very highest legal and professional standards.
Recognition for individual solicitors in our team includes the Law Society Excellence Award for Lawyer of the Year: Private Client, a Yorkshire Lawyer of the Year Litigation Award and Leeds Advocate of the Year (decided by the District Judges of the region). Several of our solicitors have also been shortlisted for Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards.
Get in touch with our driving documents offences solicitors
If you are facing prosecution for driving without a licence, driving without insurance or driving without an MOT in Leeds, Bradford, Hull, Yorkshire or anywhere in the wider North of England, our highly experienced driving documents offences solicitors can help you.
Contact our driving documents offences team now by calling 0113 245 8549 or using the enquiry form below to request a call back.