If you are charged with a drink driving charge with a reading between .1 and .149 your licence will be immediately suspended until your Court date. Depending on what Court you are due to appear in and how busy the Courts are at the time you are charged your Court date may be anywhere between 1 to 6 weeks away.
Depending on your traffic history and circumstances you may be eligible to apply for a work licence on your Court date. However, this leave you off the road from your charge date until your Court date or even a date after that. If you are applying for a work licence it is important to be aware that majority of Queensland Magistrates Court do not hear work licence applications on the initial Court date. Instead they adjourn them off for a date 1-4 weeks later.
The process for applying for a Section 79E licence is very similar to applying for a work licence in that we need to draft an Affidavit for you, and if you are not self-employed we also need to draft one for your employer. As an Affidavit is a legal Court documents the signatures on them need to be witnessed by a Lawyer or a Justice of the Peace.
We obtain you an urgent Court date for the application to be heard within about a week, depending on the Court’s availability. If you are successful you will be allowed to drive, for work purposes only, up until your Court date.
It is critical to remember that you only have 21 days from your charge date to apply for a Section 79E Licence.