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Traffic / Driving Offences

Fairfield Criminal & Traffic Lawyer

If you receive a notice in the mail telling you that you have committed a traffic offence, it’s wise to seek legal advice before responding. Many traffic offences have unexpected consequences that can seriously affect your life and your ability to work. That’s why facing a traffic offence can be a stressful and complex time in your life.

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If you do want to contest your traffic offence notice, you will need to go to Court. To give yourself the best chance of success it’s best to be represented by an experienced traffic lawyer. Our criminal lawyers in Parramatta and Fairfield have represented people and helped them deal with a wide range of traffic driving offences from DUI to speeding tickets. NSW traffic law can be complex, but our years of experience mean we have an in depth understanding of the law and how best to defend you.

Our experienced traffic lawyers will take any previous offences you have had into account when helping you decide your best strategy going forward. We can help you by:

  • Giving you advice one what the charges are, as well as any penalties you may face.
  • Giving you advice on whether the charges (including any fine or demerit points) can be reduced or dismissed.
  • Deciding whether whether you have a good defence to the charge.
  • Conducting an on-site investigation so that we can present evidence to support your defence. This may include evidence about the road conditions, distances involved and sight lines.
  • Seeing you if you can get compensation for any loss that you may incur as a result of your licence being wrongly suspended.
  • Offering a sympathetic ear during a stressful and worrying time in your life.

Some Traffic Offences Can Be Serious

There are several types of driving offences. Some carry heavier penalties than others. But by responding quickly in any case, you will have the best chance of a good outcome. With timely advice from our experienced speeding ticket and drink driving lawyers, you can minimise both the penalties and the effect on your life.

Traffic driving offences include:

  • Speeding
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Driving Negligently
  • Negligently driving and causing grievous bodily harm.
  • Negligently driving and causing death.
  • Dangerous or reckless driving.
  • Driving unlicensed or while your licence is suspended.
  • Failing to stop and render assistance when someone has been hit (also known as hit and run).

Within each of these categories there are different offences, some are more serious than others. These carry a range of penalties from demerit points and fines to having your licence suspended or cancelled. In the most serious cases it is possible to face imprisonment.

The penalty that you may receive will depend on a number of factors, which can be complicated to understand. The Court may take into account any character references or testimonials you might have. If you have taken an education program (like a defensive driving course or a substance abuse rehabilitation program) that may be taken into account as well.

Some offences carry mandatory penalties and the court does not have discretion to reduce it. Others may be defended so that the penalty is reduced or dismissed altogether. It’s important that you get legal advice to understand which type of charge you are facing and to understand what your options are. If your penalty is mandatory, a Court will not be sympathetic if you ask them to reduce it.

For example, some offences carry a Statutory Disqualification period. That is the period of time that your licence will be suspended. In some circumstances, you may be able to ask that your licence is only disqualified for the Minimum Disqualification period. That is the extent of the discretion that you can ask of the Court. If there is a minimum disqualification period, the Court will have no ability to reduce the period further.

When you appear before the court, a history of your previous traffic offences is also given to the court. If this is your second major offence, the penalty is likely to be greater than for a first offence, and we will need to take this into account when preparing your defence.

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