Category: Traffic Offender Programs

Drivers Getting the Message about Drink Driving


NSW police have praised drivers for the marked improvement in road safety behaviour over the recent Easter holiday season. Despite the strong police presence, the number of people detected for drink driving was significantly lower than last year. NSW police attended more than 340 incidents and two fatal accidents over the Easter period, while more ...

The Importance of Seeking Legal Advice Early


Being charged with a criminal offence can be a daunting and confronting experience – so it’s natural to try and put things to the back of your mind until you feel ready to deal with them. As criminal lawyers, we often receive calls from clients the day before – or even the morning of – ...

Avoiding a Criminal Record by Doing Rehab


Section 10s are often considered the ‘holy grail’ of sentencing outcomes. As mentioned in several of our blogs, section 10 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 allows a person to avoid a criminal record even if they are guilty of an offence. In traffic cases such as drink driving, it also means that they avoid ...

Can My Breath Analysis Results Be Thrown Out of Court?


Most people who return a positive breath test will plead guilty and take steps towards securing the most lenient penalty, often seeking to avoid a criminal conviction and licence disqualification. Those steps might include getting an experienced lawyer, completing a Traffic Offender Program, obtaining character references and perhaps writing a letter of apology. But one ...

Should We Have Stricter Driver Licensing Requirements?


We all have that one friend or family member who possesses questionable driving skills. And if you’re someone who drives on a regular basis, you might often find yourself wondering how certain drivers on our roads managed to get their licences. Car accidents are often caused by inexperienced drivers, or drivers who simply do not ...

Top Ten Tips For Representing Yourself When Pleading Guilty to Drink Driving


Drink driving is one of the most common criminal offences before the NSW courts. Many people charged with drink driving will wish to plead guilty and get it over with, but won’t have the financial resources to hire a lawyer. They may want to have the disqualification period reduced down to the minimum (eg 6 ...

Intensive Traffic Offenders Rehabilitation Program (TORP) – Now also at Parramatta


Being charged with a major traffic offence such as drink driving can be distressing, especially if it comes with a period of disqualification. But just because you’ve been charged with a traffic offence, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be convicted and disqualified. There are a few things you can do to encourage the magistrate to ...

Intensive Traffic Offender Program now available in Sydney


Traffic Offender Programs are courses designed to inform drivers about the dangers of certain driving habits – such as drink driving, speeding and driving whilst fatigued. They are often undertaken by those who have been charged with major traffic offences such as driving with a prescribed concentration of alcohol, speeding by over 30km/h or over ...

How Can Traffic Offence Lawyers in NSW Help in Court?


Being charged with a traffic offence doesn’t always lead to a court appearance, but if it does, it is important to seek legal representation from a firm of experienced traffic lawyers. No matter how serious or minor the charges, it is always a good idea to seek legal advice when deciding whether to plead guilty ...

The Importance of Providing a Personal Reference in Drink Driving Cases


If you have been charged with drink driving, you face a number of penalties depending on the severity of the charges, your driving recording including whether you have any previous drink driving convictions and your personal circumstances. Penalties include fines and disqualification from driving, and in serious cases, possible imprisonment. There are a number of ...