If you’re looking for a highly experienced traffic lawyer on the Sunshine Coast, then Smith Criminal Law can help!
Traffic offences can – and do – have severe implications for Queenslanders every day. In some cases, they can result in significant fines, licence disqualification, a criminal record and even imprisonment.
The impact on work or family life if you lose your licence can be significant, not to mention the reputational damage that can be associated with dangerous driving charges.
There are different types of traffic offences under Queensland traffic law. Some common examples include:
- Driving unlicenced or driving while disqualified
- Drink and/or drug driving
- Exceeding the speed limit (speeding)
- Disobeying a red light
- Careless driving
- Dangerous driving
Penalties for these offences vary from receiving a fine, disqualification of your driver’s licence, or even imprisonment. A penalty handed down will depend on the severity and circumstances of your traffic offence. If you have been charged with one of these offences, it is important to seek legal advice from an experienced Sunshine Coast traffic lawyer as soon as possible.
In some cases, you may be issued an on-the-spot fine for your traffic offence, or you may receive a fine in the mail. If you do not pay your fine on time, your licence may be suspended, or the State Penalties Enforcement Registry may take further action, such as immobilising your vehicle or even issuing a warrant for your arrest.
However, if you disagree with your infringement notice, you may be required to go to court. You should obtain legal advice before electing to go to court to contest your infringement. For these reasons, it’s important to have an experienced traffic lawyer on your side if you’re facing traffic or driving charges. There are a number of reasons you may want to contest your traffic infringement. For example, you may believe your fine was incorrectly issued by a police officer, traffic camera or transport inspector. In these cases, you have 28 days to dispute the fine for your traffic offence, otherwise you will face penalties for an overdue fine. If you are planning to dispute your fine in court, you need an experienced traffic offence lawyer from Smith Criminal Law on the Sunshine Coast.
Why Choose Smith Criminal Law as your Traffic Offence Lawyer?
The Queensland Government website puts it plainly enough:
‘No matter the charge, you should always get legal advice’.
If you’re wondering whether or not you should seek legal advice, the answer is probably yes! No matter what charges you are facing, it is always best to seek legal advice. In particular, you should seek advice if you:
- Have been charged with a traffic offence
- Would like to dispute your infringement notice
- Were not the one driving at the time of an offence and wish to transfer your fine
- Would like to dispute your speeding fine
- Would like to apply for a hardship order or appeal your licence disqualification
Losing your licence can have serious consequences for your life. In fact, loss of licence is not the only consequence of a traffic offence. Dangerous operation of a vehicle is taken very seriously under Queensland criminal law. If you are charged with drink driving or drug driving, your charges could be considered criminal matters and result in a permanent criminal record. Don’t let your traffic history turn into criminal history and impact your family, professional and personal life. Get the very best representation for your case. Contact us today for one of the most sought-after traffic lawyers in QLD.