If you have been charged with drink driving or drug driving, then you are not alone. These offences are very common in Australia. Despite their common nature, they are treated as serious offences and can result in loss of licence, fines and potentially even imprisonment.
You need an experienced and knowledgeable traffic lawyer to provide you with expert legal advice and represent you in court if you want to get the best outcome in your matter.
Your driver’s licence is invaluable
Whilst we are all familiar with our own State’s road rules and regulations, we often forget when we cross the borders that we are under the law of the new State and harsher penalties may apply. There may be less leniency in sentencing, less options available to you (no work licences for example) or in some cases automatic loss of licence or even jail time depending on the charge.This is why it is vital you get immediate professional legal advice from a lawyer who is qualified to represent you in all States.
Many of us take our driver’s licence for granted, until we are faced with the real threat of losing it.
Think for one moment how many times in one week you need to use your licence: driving to work; driving for work; driving the children to school, after school activities, their sports activities, parties, social events, sporting venues, medical appointments, holidays, etc.
Then there is the embarrassment of having to explain to others why you need a lift; the social stigma that surrounds a drink driving or drug driving conviction and the effect it can have on marital relations.
The effect on quality of life cannot be ignored.
The real concern for anyone facing a DUI or drug driving charge in Brisbane or across Queensland is the length of disqualification they face. There are a variety of things impacting on the court's standing point:
- Level of intoxicant found in the driver’s blood.
- Type of driving exhibited.
- Distance over which the vehicle was being driven.
- Nature and extent of the driver’s traffic history.
Where there is a conviction recorded
A further complication of a drink or drug driving conviction that is often overlooked until it is too late, is the potential for restrictions on travel to some countries. You may manage to reduce your licence disqualification period, or even get a work licence, however, you should consider the ramifications of having a conviction recorded. The right legal advice about your options, regarding the charge(s) you face, and the best course of action for you in light of your circumstances, is crucial.