If you have been charged with a traffic offence, don’t make the mistake of representing yourself. Penalties for traffic offences can range from a fine to lengthy periods of imprisonment. It is also common for drivers’ licences to be suspended or disqualified for periods ranging from one month to five years. Any of these penalties can have devastating effects on your ability to work, support your family and take care of your loved ones’ personal needs.
For serious traffic offences you will be required to attend either a Magistrates Court or District Court to defend your matter. In this case, it is important to seek professional legal representation from an experienced traffic lawyer to make sure your rights are being properly and fully protected.
If you are charged with an offence and you subsequently lose your licence, you may be eligible to make an application for a restricted work licence or a special hardship order to enable you to keep driving for work and/or personal reasons. An experienced traffic lawyer will give you the best chance at obtaining such a licence.