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Driving Whilst Relevant Drug Present II

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Offences:            Driving whilst a relevant drug is present in blood or saliva

Solicitor:             Shelby Smith

Court:                 Brisbane Magistrates Court

Date:                   2019


Our client was involved in a traffic incident in which we was found not to be at fault. He sustained extremely serious injuries. Whilst he was in hospital receiving treatment, a blood test revealed the presence of cannabis in his system.

He was subsequently charged with driving whilst a relevant drug was present in his blood.

After meeting with our client, Ms Smith recommended that he complete the QTOP program. This is a Brisbane and Gold Coast based program focusing on road safety, traffic offences and the consequences of driving whilst affected by alcohol or drugs. QTOP is an award winning program that is often recommended by the solicitors at Potts Lawyers.

In preparation for sentence, our client also obtained a letters from his psychologist and addiction counsellor. Ms Smith was able to use these letters during our client’s sentence to show his commitment to rehabilitation of his issues with drug use.

Ms Smith explained the circumstances of the offence to the court and addressed factors such as our client’s background and employment circumstances.

The Magistrate noted that our client appeared to have real insight into his offending and the dangers associated with driving while a dangerous drug is present in your system. The Magistrate commended our client’s completion of the QTOP program.

Our client received a $350 fine and was disqualified from holding or obtaining a drivers licence for a period of 1 month (the minimum disqualification period possible). This was an excellent result.

If you are considering whether to engage a lawyer for your traffic matter, consider that the solicitors at Potts Lawyers can recommend appropriate programs and supporting material for your sentence. We can also present arguments to that magistrate that are aimed at securing you a positive outcome.



This is a summary of an actual case. Details have been omitted to protect the privacy of our client. We select cases which are informative and no guarantee is provided that similar results are achievable in all cases. Every case is different and you should obtain legal advice specific to your matter and circumstances.



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