Minor Criminal Law & Traffic Law

Our team of experienced lawyers provide legal advice and legal representation in a broad range of matters. We offer fixed fees for appearing in minor criminal matters and traffic related offences.

  • Common Assault – A common assault is any unauthorised touching and/or any action that causes another person to fear immediate and unlawful personal violence. The prosecution must prove the person did not give consent, and that you acted intentionally or recklessly. Our lawyers can identify what if any legal defence is available and arrange with the prosecution to drop the charges at an early stage.
  • Apprehended violence orders – There are two different types of AVOs: Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO) and Apprehended Personal Violence Order (APVO). ADVO is issued when there is existing domestic or family relationship violence order; whereas APVO is issued where there is no domestic or family relationship between the parties; for example, a neighbour, a work colleague, a friend or acquaintance.
  • Drink Driving – Drink driving penalties are increased according to the level of alcohol detected in the blood. The drink driving ranges and offences include the following:
    • Novice Range DUI – (0.00 or but below 0.020)
    • Special Range PCA (0.020 – 0.049)
    • Low Range PCA (0.050 – 0.079)
    • Middle Range PCA (0.080 – 0.149)
    • High Range PCA (over 0.150)
    • Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
    • Refuse Breath Test
    • Refuse Breath Analysis
    • Wilfully Alter Blood Concentration

    If a second offence is committed, fines, periods of disqualification, and prison terms increase. It is important to seek legal advice on the possible penalty and whether there is any defence available to the charges. If pleading guilty then it is important to prepare your case properly in order to maximise the prospects of a minimum penalty.

  • Drug Driving – Drug driving involves driving with an illicit drug present in the blood. Pleading guilty or not guilty is dependent on the circumstances and facts of the case. Pleading not guilty – Defence such as honest and reasonable mistake of fact, or defence of duress, where you were threatened or coerced into drug driving. Pleading guilty – If there is no available defence, then it is important to prepare your case properly in order to maximise the prospects of a non-conviction order.
  • Dangerous Driving – Being charged with driving a vehicle in a dangerous manner causing injury or death is serious and the person should seek advice to determine whether to plead not guilty or guilty. For a not guilty plea, it is possible in your defence to call experienced witnesses to testify that you were not affected by drugs or alcohol at the time of the offence, or to show that you were not driving at a dangerous speed. Alternatively, if you decide to plead guilty it is important to make effective sentencing submissions to persuade the court to impose a more lenient penalty. Our experienced lawyers are highly skilled in preparing and presenting sentencing submissions.
  • Driving Without a Licence – Driving without a valid licence may result in fines and/or loss of licence that may affect your ability to work and travel. Our experienced lawyers can help you achieve the best possible outcome and get your licence back sooner.
  • Predatory Driving – Predatory driving refers to travelling on a public road pursing another vehicle to intentionally cause an accident and injure a person. Our experienced lawyers can provide advice on options whether to plead guilty at an early stage or to fight the charges in court.
  • Street Racing – It is important to get early legal advice as to whether there is a possible defence to the charges. Our experienced lawyers can provide advice on the best possible options available.
  • Driver Licence Appeals – If the RMS or Police suspend your licence, you can lodge an appeal to overturn the decision and get your licence back. It is important to seek legal advice and be represented by an experienced lawyer.
  • Running Red Light Cameras – One of the most common offences is running a red light. If caught by a camera, it may result in the accumulation of demerit points and possible loss of a driver’s licence. If a red-light infringement notice has been issued, then it is important to seek advice as to the options available. Our experienced lawyers understand how important a licence is for work and other important duties such as driving children to sporting activities.
  • Speeding – Almost everyone gets a speeding ticket at some point in their driving life. If you don’t agree that you were speeding, you can challenge the speeding offence. In some cases, you may be wrongly accused of speeding, or you may have had a legitimate excuse for your actions. For example driving someone to hospital because of a medical emergency (necessity) or speedometer malfunction (honest and reasonable mistake of fact).
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