Category: Driving Without a Licence

Disqualified Drivers: When Does An Additional Disqualification Period Commence?


Traffic laws are complex and ever-changing, and our experience is that disqualified drivers are often misadvised about when any further disqualification period for a new offence (one committed while they were disqualified) will commence. That advice can lead to disappointment and frustration, as the driver may leave court under the misapprehension that their further disqualification ...

Drug Driving Charges Are On the Rise


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Back in December 2015, the NSW government announced it was tripling the amount of roadside drug testing police were carrying out annually to 97,000 tests by 2017. And not surprisingly, the amount of people being charged with drug driving has more than tripled. Over the 24 months ending in June last year, ...

Do I Look Good in This? Man Sentenced for Stealing Barristers’ Outfit


The CCTV footage shows a man dressed as a barrister walking along the corridors of Geelong Magistrates Court, which would not normally cause any concern. But the problem is, it is the middle of the night, and the man in robes is not a barrister. It is a 33-year old Geelong man, Leigh Hansen, who ...

Facing Prison for Not Paying Road Toll


Imagine being slapped with a $50,000 fine for outstanding tolls – and being told you could face prison if you fail to pay. It might sound outrageous, but this is the situation confronting dozens of Victorian motorists each year – with many issued warrants to appear in court. But while desperate families struggle to pay ...

Operation ‘Arrive Alive’ Aims to Promote Safe Driving


As of Friday 18 December, police have invested extra resources into targeting drink driving, speeding and unlicensed driving in the lead up to Christmas. Police reported that on day one of the blitz, called ‘Operation Arrive Alive’, 48,916 breath tests were administered, 21 of which resulted in drink driving charges. Police issued 1273 speeding tickets ...

Top 10 Offences For Which People Go to Prison


When you think of prison inmates, you might conjure up images of ‘hardened criminals’ locked away for violent and abhorrent crimes, like murder and paedophilia; but the fact is that many are in prison for non-violent offences. Rising Prison Population The NSW prison population hit an historic high this year of 11,100 inmates – which ...

Drink Driving Detective was Unlicensed for Over 20 Years


They’re supposed to set the standard for other road users to follow – but in an incident that calls into question the effectiveness of checks within the NSW Police Force, it has been reported that a police officer who was caught drink-driving has been unlicensed for over 20 years. 46-year-old Detective Sergeant Andrew John Clarke, who ...

Should Cyclists be Charged in the Same Way As Car Drivers?


Driving negligently or drink driving in a motor vehicle can lead to harsh penalties, especially if someone is injured as a result. But many cyclists may not be aware that they can also be liable for criminal charges and severe penalties if they are found to be riding their bicycles dangerously or while drunk. Usually ...

When can Police Suspend my Licence on the Spot?


Sometimes police can suspend your driver’s licence on the spot if they allege you have committed a serious traffic offence. They can do this immediately after you have been pulled-over, or within 48 hours afterwards. Driving licence suspension notices take effect either from the day which you received the notice in the mail or, if ...

Do I Have to Answer Police Questions if I’ve been in an Accident?


If you have been involved in a traffic accident you need to report the matter to the police as soon as possible. Failing to report an accident can leave you facing criminal charges. If you are concerned that you may face legal repercussions if the accident is deemed to be due to negligence on your ...