“Driving While Prohibited” vs. Driving Without a Licence

February 27th, 2022
“Driving While Prohibited” vs. Driving Without a Licence

Driving While Prohibited is not the same thing as Driving Without a Licence. Let’s take a look at what both terms mean.

Driving While Prohibited

“Driving While Prohibited” means that for whatever reason, like a previous motor vehicle crime or infraction, you have been expressly told not to drive for some period of time. If you continue to drive and are caught doing so, this is a serious crime with the potential for fines and jail time. If you are caught in a second offence, driving while prohibited, the province requires mandatory time in jail.

Driving Without a Licence

Driving without a licence means that you are driving either without your valid licence with you on your person, or you do not have a driving licence, at all. If you are caught driving without a licence, the first offence typically comes with a ticket and a fine. Further infractions merit further penalties.

Our Advice

We recommend that if you have a valid driver’s licence to always carry it with you when you are driving. If you do not have a valid driver’s licence, then you should not be driving. If you are prohibited from driving for any reason, do not drive. There is a high likelihood that you will get caught, and the penalties for driving while prohibited can be most unpleasant.

Losing one’s driver’s licence when you need a vehicle to get to work or school can be extremely difficult. If you are having a problem with driving while prohibited and you are facing charges, your best bet is to hire an experienced criminal lawyer to defend your interests. Gagan Nahal in Vancouver focuses exclusively in the area of criminal law. You can reach him at (604) 527-4769 and he offers a free initial consultation.

Gagan Nahal is a criminal defence lawyer based in Surrey, British Columbia, although he has represented clients across Canada. He works vigorously and tirelessly defending his clients.

If you have any questions about this article or you would like to talk to Mr. Nahal, please call him directly at (604) 527-4769.