Clarity Law

Specialist Traffic Law Firm Queensland
Friday, 17 May 2024 19:01

Should I Get a Lawyer for a Licence Application in Queensland?

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If you've recently faced traffic law charges or traffic offence in Queensland and are concerned about losing your licence, you may be considering applying for a work licence or special hardship licence in Queensland. These licences can be essential for maintaining your livelihood, but the process of obtaining one can be complex and fraught with legal pitfalls. The question then arises: should you get a lawyer for your application? The short answer is yes, and here’s why.


Understanding Work Licences and Special Hardship Licences

Work Licence

A work licence, also known as a restricted licence, allows Queensland Drivers convicted of certain offences, such as drink driving, to continue driving for work purposes. This licence is typically available to drink and drug drivers who have not lost their licence in the past 5 years who can demonstrate that losing their licence would cause them to lose their means of earning their income.

Learn more about Work Licences


Special Hardship Licence

A special hardship licence is available to individuals who have accumulated excessive demerit points on a good driving behaviour period or have been convicted of high-risk offences, such as driving 40 km/h over the speed limit. This licence allows individuals to drive under strict conditions to avoid severe personal or financial hardship.

Learn more about Special Hardship Licences


The Importance of Legal Expertise

Navigating Complex Legal Requirements

Both types of licences come with stringent eligibility criteria and require detailed evidence to support your application. A lawyer with expertise in Queensland traffic law can help you understand these requirements and gather the necessary documentation, ensuring your application is thorough and compliant.

Remember you get one shot at the court granting the licence, if they don’t that’s it game over.


Crafting a Strong Application

The success of your application largely depends on how well it is presented. Lawyers specialising in traffic law can help you craft a compelling case by:

  • Drafting affidavits that clearly outline your circumstances and the necessity of retaining a licence.

  • Advising on character references that can support your application.

  • Preparing you for court.

  • Representing you in court ensuring your arguments on why the application for a licence should be granted are persuasive.

  • Dealing with any issues that may arise from the prosecutor or the magistrate.


Mitigating Risks

Applying for a work licence or special hardship licence involves legal risks. Any mistakes or omissions can lead to your application being denied, which could severely impact your ability to work and maintain financial stability. An experienced lawyer can identify potential pitfalls and address them proactively, increasing your chances of a successful outcome.


But I heard that…


Magistrates just give out special hardships or works licences

This is utterly incorrect, magistrates have to follow the law and if the application is not right or doesn’t have all the information that is necessary they cannot grant it.


Having a lawyer makes you look more guilty

Having a lawyer makes you look smart, it shows the court you are taking this application seriously.


Magistrates don’t like lawyers appearing for licence applications

Magistrates love lawyer appearing on applications as they know they should have everything correct so the application can proceed faster and easier.


Lawyers cost too much

The price for refusal of a licence application will cost people 10 times more than paying a lawyer to do the application correctly and sort out any problems.  Imagine not being able to drive for work for 6 months, you will wish you had hired a lawyer from the start.



Why Choose Clarity Law?

At Clarity Law, we understand the stress and uncertainty that come with facing traffic charges and the possibility of losing your licence. With over 60 years of combined experience and a track record of appearing in more than 1,000 licence applications, our team is well-equipped to guide you through the application process. Here’s what sets us apart:

  • Specialised Knowledge: Our lawyers specialise in traffic law and have extensive experience handling work licence and special hardship licence applications.

  • Personalised Service: We provide tailored advice and representation, taking into account your unique circumstances and legal needs.

  • Fixed Costs: Our costs are fixed so you can know exactly what it will costs for us to represent you.

  • Reasonable Costs: We charge $2,200 for everything which is the best piece of mind possible.

  • Reputation: Since 2010 we have had the best reputation for success work and hardship licence applications.

  • Proven Success: Our firm has an extremely high success rate in securing licences for clients, ensuring they can continue working and supporting their families.

  • Stress Reduction: We do everything meaning yours and your families stress levels are reduced.




While it is possible to apply for a work licence or special hardship licence on your own, the stakes are high and the process is complex. Engaging a lawyer can significantly improve your chances of a successful application, providing peace of mind and allowing you to focus on your work and personal life.

If you’re considering applying for a work licence or special hardship licence in Queensland, don’t leave it to chance. Contact Clarity Law today for expert legal advice and representation.


If I contacted you what would occur?

If you contact us then Steven Brough the firm’s founder or our office manager Belinda Smyth will take the call or receive the email. They have 40 years legal experience between them, we can provide immediate legal assistance and answer any questions you have. We will discuss your case, provide guidance and send a quote by email with additional relevant information about your drink driving charge, all at no cost.

If you want to engage us then it’s easy, there is a form you can complete and email back or complete online. If you don’t want to engage us or want to engage another firm that’s fine, you won’t be hassled and at worst you will just have more information about your charge. Once engaged one of our lawyers will go through your matter and contact you to discuss what the best way forward is to achieve the best results. Every one of our lawyers are very experienced with thousands of courts appearances between them and they know the Caboolture courts and the magistrates and prosecutors.


How do I get more information or engage you to act for me?

If you want to engage us or just need further information or advice then you can either;


  • Use our contact form and we will contact you by email or phone at a time that suits you



  • Click here to select a time for us to call you back


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Last modified on Friday, 17 May 2024 19:09
Steven Brough

Steven Brough is the Founder of Clarity Law.  He is one of the most experienced traffic lawyers in Queensland having appeared in court many thousands of time throughout Queensland since 2010.  He has authored over 100 articles about every aspect of traffic law in Queensland.

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