Category: Driving Under the Influence

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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 …
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Is ICAC Getting Too Big for Its Boots?


The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) is responsible for investigating allegations of corrupt conduct in the NSW public sector. The ICAC has undertaken a number of high-profile investigations in recent times, including the allegations of corruption surrounding Eddie Obeid and Australian Water Holdings, and the activities of some members of the NSW Liberal Party. The …
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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 …
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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 …
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Operation ‘Safe Arrival’ Targets Drivers Over The Holiday Period


Once again, the annual Christmas-New Years road safety campaign has seen a significant number of motorists charged with various traffic offences. Dubbed ‘Operation Safe Arrival,’ the two-week long double demerit period, which began at midnight on the 19th of December 2014 and concluded on the 4th of January 2015, saw NSW Police nab 1273 people …
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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 …
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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 …
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Driverless Cars – the Next Legal Frontier?


Let’s take a drive into the future. It might sound like an episode of the Jetsons, but at some stage in the not-too-distant-future we are bound to find ourselves zooming about in driverless cars…. Right? We humans tend to love the idea of making life easier, and what could be better than slipping into your …
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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 …
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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 …