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Driving Without a Licence

The Laws Relating to Driver Licence Suspensions, Disqualifications and Appeals

Traffic law is a complex area that can be a minefield for both those who are considering representing themselves in court and lawyers who are unfamiliar with, or inexperienced in, the field. Here’s a thumbnail sketch of some of the...

What is the Defence of Necessity?

by Ugur Nedim
Police have reported that just after 5pm on Friday, 27 March 2020, police sought to pull over an Audi case that was being driven on Greenacre Road in Greenacre, south-western Sydney. According to police, the vehicle accelerated to at least...

NSW Police Set to Harass Traffic Offenders at their Homes

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
New South Wales police officers will be randomly “visiting” the homes of traffic offenders as part of a strategy which police commissioner Mick Fuller claims is designed to deter them from reoffending. Knock knock, it’s police Mr Fuller has directed...

Police Help Teens Learn to Drive

by Sonia Hickey
It’s not often we hear good news stories about police officers these days – with recent headlines dominated by reports of ‘bad cops’, bullying, police corruption and misconduct, right around Australia. But in an act of goodwill, officers in the...

Disqualified Drivers Can Now Apply to Get Their Licences Back

by Ugur Nedim
The Road Transport Amendment (Driver Licence Disqualification) Act came into effect on 28 October 2017, allowing certain disqualified drivers in NSW to apply to the local court for the removal of their disqualification periods. Who can apply? If you are...

New Rules for Disqualified Driving

by Paul Gregoire & Ugur Nedim
On 14 August, NSW attorney general Mark Speakman announced a suite of new reforms to driver licence disqualification laws. The changes, that will begin operation in late October, include pathways for driving whilst disqualified drivers to apply for their licence to be reinstated at...

Disqualified Drivers: When Does An Additional Disqualification Period Commence?

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
By Jimmy Singh 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...

Drug Driving Charges Are On the Rise

by Paul Gregoire & 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....

Man Set to Die in Prison for Traffic Offences

by Paul Gregoire
Marshall Wallace is an Aboriginal man from a remote outstation in the Northern Territory, who recently moved to Mount Isa with his wife, so he could undergo chemotherapy. Two weeks ago, he was pulled over by police and found to...

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

by Ugur Nedim
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...
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