I have been caught drink or drug driving. Why do I need a lawyer?
You may benefit substantially from engaging a traffic lawyer if you have been charged with drink or drug driving, even if you intend to plead guilty to the charge. Answering these charges may be your first experience in court, whereas our lawyers have been appearing on behalf of clients on a daily basis for years. We know what submissions to make to the sentencing magistrate in order for you to have the best chances of receiving a relatively low penalty in your circumstances. Magistrates in Queensland are provided with a range of penalties they can impose. We can advise you on your prospects of obtaining a work license and our submissions can potentially assist you in maximizing your chances of obtaining a lower fine or lesser disqualification period.
The magistrate hearing your case deals with matters such as yours every day. Our lawyers are able to assist the magistrate in navigating the relevant provisions of the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 which they should consider in sentencing you. These may include your personal circumstances, the circumstances of the offence, the scale of the offence and a variety of other factors. Magistrates also consider those appearing before them with lawyers to be taking the charges they face more seriously. We can also recommend and arrange for you to attend traffic offender educational courses which indicate to the court that you deserve a lower penalty.
This article is for informational purposes only and not legal advice. If you have been charged, you should contact one of our criminal lawyers who are able to provide detailed advice specific to your circumstances.
Article by Cameron Browne