A driving offence and the threat of losing your licence can have a devastating impact on your life. It is critical that whatever the driving charge that you get the best legal representation. We get calls every week from people from unrepresented people who have been to court and received a punishment much more severe then they thought it would be, at that point there is not much we can do to help. None of our clients have ever regretted getting good legal advice and representation. Remember we are experts on traffic law in Queensland.
Drink driving in Queensland is a serious offence and there is a no tolerance attitude by the courts, if you are ‘over the limit’ you will be charged and you must receive some period of disqualification
It may be possible for you to apply for a work licence but this must be done at the time you appear in the court to plead guilty, it cannot be done afterwards. Please see our section on work licences for further information.
Well thought out submissions and arguments before a Magistrate can in our experience significantly reduce the length of your disqualification. There are a number of factors that can lead a magistrate to impose the lowest penalty possible, we know them all. Visit our drink driving page for more information.
Careless driving is also known as driving without due care and attention. The charge is less serious than dangerous driving but can still carry an extensive disqualification period. Typically the Police issue careless driving charges for traffic accidents where they feel the driver is at fault. The Police must be satisfied that you drove without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other road users. You can be charged with careless driving even if on private property. The court has the ability to impose a disqualification period if the circumstances warrant. The disqualification can range from 1 month to an absolute disqualification. Visit our careless driving page for more information.
Disqualified driving is an extremely serious charge in Queensland. The Courts are particularly hard on these types of offences as to be charged with disqualified driving you must have been disqualified by a court but still chosen to drive. Magistrates often feel a personal affront that you have disobeyed their orders.
The charge is different to unlicensed driving or driving without a licence as there must be a previous disqualification by the courts still in place at the time the offence was committed.
Jail is often imposed by the courts for disqualified driving, even on rare occasions for first time offenders. It is vital to try and convince a Magistrate that jail is inappropriate and that a more appropriate penalty is community service or probation. The court will also impose a further disqualification of your licence, from 2 up to 5 further years. Visit our disqualified driving page for more information.
Dangerous driving is one of the most serious traffic offences in Queensland. Dangerous driving, depending on the circumstances of the offence can be either a traffic offence or a criminal offence. The penalty for dangerous driving can be up to 5 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $4,000.00 depending on a number of factors including whether the driver consumed alcohol or was speeding.
If a person is injured or killed as a result of an accident it is possible to be charged with Dangerous Driving causing injury or death. If any of the following aggravating circumstances exist then the maximum penalty is 14 years in prison:
- at the time the person was adversely affected by alcohol or drugs; or
- at the time the person was excessively speeding or taking part in an unlawful race; or
- the person has previously been convicted for dangerous driving
It is critical to get legal advice if you are charged with dangerous driving as prison is a real possibility for this offence or at the very least a large fine and a long disqualification period. A person should never appear unrepresented on a charge of dangerous driving as the legal issues are simply too complex. Visit our dangerous driving page for more information.
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