Melbourne's Steven May has been charged with driving while suspended, however the premiership Demon has avoided a criminal conviction.

May has been fined $500 after being caught driving without a license, having run out of demerit points.

7 News have reported May faced Melbourne Magistrates Court on Tuesday, with the veteran Demon claiming it was an "honest mistake", according to reporter Mitch Cleary.

The club are understood to be aware of the charge.

May missed his side's training session due to the court appearance.

May missed his side's Round 1 clash with the Western Bulldogs due to a calf injury and was a late withdrawal for last week's matchup with Brisbane due to the same ailment.

He is expected to face Sydney at the SCG on Sunday.

May was suspended by the Demons for one game last year after being caught drinking while undergoing concussion protocols. That ban came after it was revealed May and teammate Jake Melksham were involved in a physical altercation at a Melbourne restaurant during the middle of the season when May was recovering from a head knock.