The Magistrates’ Court hears the bulk of driving offences, such as – exceeding the prescribed concentration of drugs or alcohol, driving while suspended, un-licenced driving and driving in a manner dangerous. Pleading guilty to most driving offences may result in your driver’s licence being disqualified and your car being impounded. In some instances, you may receive a term of imprisonment. Therefore, you should retain an experienced solicitor who is familiar with driving matters to ensure you are advised of all the possible consequences to pleading guilty and avoid adverse outcomes.
Like most matters, preparation is fundamental to a good outcome for driving offences. You should distinguish yourself from other people appearing in a busy fast-paced court charged with similar offences by doing the following –
- complete an appropriate course
- make a donation to a relevant charity
- come to court with a parent or older family member (for young people under 25 years of age).
The key is to give the sentencing Magistrate confidence that you will not re-offend. Some Magistrates regard a driver’s licence as a privilege, not a right and have no qualms with interfering your driver’s licence if they believe you are a risk on the road regardless of your job.
Recently, I represented a young man charged with a raft of driving offences. I devised a tailored strategy for him well in advance of court, which he followed. He received a good behaviour bond and no consequence on his driver’s licence despite having a history of driving offences.
If you have been charged with a driving offence, pick an experienced lawyer who is going to treat your matter as though your livelihood depends on it and will give you pro-active advice.