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Did you get caught on the road?

December 3rd, 2019

It is a privilege to hold a drivers’ licence, not a right.

In Queensland, there are laws that you must obey when issued with a driver’s licence. These laws have been implemented to ensure your safety and others on the road and include road rules. If you do not comply with these laws and are “caught in the act” by law enforcement, you may be charged with a traffic offence.

There may be serious consequences when charged with a traffic offence, even if it is a minor offence.  Penalties can range from monetary fines, loss of demerit points, disqualification of licence, a probation order or at worst, a jail sentence. If you are convicted, this can also affect your chances of obtaining a job, travelling overseas and your ability to obtain a visa.

The penalty imposed depends on the type of offence you have been charged with, your traffic history, your age, character and intellectual capacity, and other mitigating factors such as whether you have pleaded guilty and cooperated with law enforcement agencies.

Generally, there is a maximum penalty for most traffic offences. However, it is within the discretion of the court which decides what penalty to impose, and if a lesser penalty should apply.

At Miller Harris Lawyers, we can help you with a range of traffic related offences, including:

• drink and drug driving
• speeding offences
• unlicensed driving
• driving without due care and attention
• dangerous operation of a vehicle
• dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm and death
• work licence applications
• special hardship orders
• other traffic related offences

Do yourself a favour and get the right legal advice today. Contact our Mareeba criminal and traffic offence lawyers on 4092 3555.

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