As your local crime and traffic lawyers, situated in Coorparoo, Brisbane, Spranklin McCartney can help you if you find yourself charged with a traffic offence or violation. In most cases you may receive a “Notice to Appear” from a police officer requiring you to appear before a Court. Depending on the nature of the offence, the Court has the power to impose various penalties in relation to traffic offences, including:
- disqualification from holding a licence; and/or
- imprisonment in certain circumstances.
Indeed, some offences result in an automatic disqualification. This means that the Court does not have the discretion to waive the minimum suspension period.
In deciding on the penalty to impose, the Courts will take into account:
- the severity of the offence;
- the offender's personal circumstances, including, for example: age and employment;
- circumstances surrounding the offence;
- any previous offences of a similar nature; and
- any other matters the Court deems appropriate.
How Can SML help you?
As outlined above, the Magistrate has a discretion as to the penalty imposed and the length of the disqualification. Our experienced and dedicated lawyers will do their upmost to ensure that your personal situation is clearly outlined to the court so as to keep the fine, disqualification or such other sentence to the minimum possible.
If you are a ‘repeat offender’ for traffic violations, particularly drink driving or disqualified driving you may be facing a far more serious penalty and we recommend that you seek legal advice before you next court appearance to achieve the best possible result.
We can provide advice and representation for you on any variety of traffic matters including:
- drink driving;
- disqualified driving;
- undue care and attention;
- driving under the influence of a drug;
- driving unregistered;
- driving uninsured;
- unlicensed driving;
- repeat offenders;
- driving whilst on a SPER suspension.
We may also be able to help you obtain a Work Licence or a Special hardship Licence.
If you have been charged with drink driving, you may be eligible to apply to the Courts for a Work Licence in order that you may continue to drive to work. Conditions must be met before you can apply for this restricted licence.
If your licence has been suspended as a result of the accumulation of demerit points, you can also apply for a Special Hardship Licence so that you can continue driving under restricted circumstances. Again, conditions must be met before you can apply for this restricted licence.
Spranklin McCartney Lawyers can provide advice and representation on all of these matters and if you would like to know whether you are eligible for a Restricted Licence, please do not hesitate to contact our office for an appointment.
For more information on how we can assist you please contact our office.