Most people at some time or other have had the unfortunate experience of receiving some type of traffic infringement. Sometimes these infringements come at more of a cost than just a fine. Such infringement may result in the loss of your licence which can place tremendous strain on work and family commitments. You may in certain circumstances be entitled to apply to the Court for a restricted licence or special hardship order. Such an application to the Court requires extensive preparations and the appropriate documentation. It is therefore essential that you have the best representation available by contacting our office for an appointment prior to your appearance in Court.
Work Licence – Drink driving
If you are charged with a drink driving offence and require your licence for work, you may be eligible for a work licence. No matter the reading for a drink or drug drive offence, there is a mandatory minimum period of time that the Court must disqualify you from holding a drivers licence. If you breach the disqualification you must receive a further 2 year disqualification. We can prepare the matter for you and appear on the work licence application day. It is therefore essential that you have the best representation available by contacting our office for an appointment prior to your appearance in Court.
Special Hardship Order – Demerit point accumulation
If you accrue too many points you may lose your licence. The loss of licence can have massive impacts upon your life. You may be eligible to apply for a Special Hardship Order if the loss of your licence will cause severe financial impact upon you or your family, or if it will otherwise cause special hardship upon you or your family. If you feel this could cover your situation, please contact our office immediately. It is therefore essential that you have the best representation available by contacting our office for an appointment prior to your appearance in Court.
Drink Driving Charges
Are you facing a drink driving charge?
Drink driving charges can have serious ramifications on your life. If you have been charged with drink driving before, you may face a sentence of 2 years disqualification and a period of imprisonment. Even with no prior charges, you can be sentenced to 9 months in prison. If you are convicted of drink driving, you are also ineligible for a work licence. It is therefore essential that you have the best representation available by contacting our office for an appointment prior to your appearance in Court.
Drug Driving QLD
It is an offence to drive a motor vehicle whilst drugs are present in a person’s system. In Queensland there is a “zero tolerance” policy for drug driving. This means that you can be charged with a drug driving offence if you return a positive result for an illicit substance when participating in a saliva test. The most common offences people are charged with when caught driving with drugs in their system are:
- - Driving while relevant drug is present in blood or saliva
- - Driving under the influence of drugs
Driving while a relevant drug is present in your blood or saliva is the most common drug driving offence. Driving “under the influence” of drugs is a more serious charge reserved for situations where a person’s driving has been seriously affected by the drugs they have consumed.
Engaging a solicitor experienced in appearing in Traffic Court can greatly improve your chances in minimising any disqualification period and penalty. In some circumstances you may be eligible to apply for a restricted driver licence that will allow you to drive for work purposes during your disqualification period. In order to obtain this licence you must make an application to the Court before pleading guilty to the offence.
Driving – Other Traffic Offences
Traffic offences, in addition to penalties of fines and jail time, can also be punished with periods of licence disqualification. In addition to the usual penalties of fines, demerit points and even prison sentences, traffic offences often carry the possibility of significant periods of license disqualification.