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Traffic Lawyers for Speeding Offences

At Sydney Criminal Lawyers, we understand that losing your driver licence can have a significant impact on your life – your ability to work, to care for loved-ones and to attend to day-to-day needs.

That’s why we take allegations of speeding seriously and will do all we can to ensure that our clients keep their licences and are able to get on with their lives.

Our lawyers are vastly experienced in defeating allegations of speeding when there are deficiencies in the prosecution case or our clients have a valid legal defence, or having suspension periods reduced or revoked when our clients admit that they were speeding.

So call us today on (02) 9261 8881 to arrange a conference with an experienced traffic lawyer who will advise you of your options, the best way forward and fight for your licence and your future.

Read on for more information about speeding offences and how to keep your licence.

I didn't speed and want to dispute it

If you believe the police or RMS or police got it wrong and you did not commit the offence, you can appeal on the basis that you are not guilty.

In that event, your case will be listed for a short court date (known as a ‘mention’) where you can either confirm your not guilty plea or change your plea to guilty.

If you maintain your not guilty plea, the case will be set down for a ‘hearing’ where the magistrate will hear from both sides before determining whether or not you are guilty of the offence.

It is important to bear in mind that the prosecution bears the onus of proving the offence, and that a valid legal defence may be available to you.

Offences may be disputed on the basis that:

  • You made an ‘honest and reasonable mistake of fact’ (eg you honestly believed on reasonable grounds that you weren’t speeding),
  • Someone forced you to commit the act (duress),
  • You committed the act out of necessity (eg you were speeding to hospital due to your or someone else’s serious medical situation),
  • You weren’t the person driving (mistaken identity),
  • You did not commit the offence at all (eg the officer’s ‘estimate of speed’ was wrong, or the radar device was not properly calibrated).

If the prosecution is unable to prove the offence, you must be found not guilty and the suspension – or the demerit points that lead to a suspension as the case may be – will be revoked.

If the offence is proved, you will be found guilty and the magistrate will decide the appropriate penalty.

I was speeding but want to keep my licence

If you agree you were speeding but feel the suspension is too harsh, you can appeal the Notice of Suspension.

It is important you do this within the prescribed time period of 28 days.

You will then be given a court date during which you (or your lawyer on your behalf) will be able to explain to the magistrate why you should be treated leniently.

The magistrate has the power under section 268(2) of the Road Transport Act 2013 to revoke the suspension altogether, to reduce the suspension period (down to as low as one day), to confirm the suspension or to make any other ‘such other order as seems just to the Court in the circumstances’.

Which decisions can be appealed?

The following decisions can be appealed to the local court:

  • A decision by the RMS to suspend your licence for speeding by more than 30 or more than 45 kph
  • A decision by the RMS to suspend a provisional (red or green P) licence due to loss of demerit points
  • A decision by police to suspend your licence on the spot – for example, for speeding by more than more than 45kph over the limit (in this case, ‘exceptional circumstances’ must be demonstrated before the suspension can be revoked).

What will the court consider?

The court has the power to consider a wide range of circumstances when deciding whether to uphold or refuse your appeal. These include:

  1. The circumstances of the particular offence
  2. Your driving record
  3. Your need for a licence
  4. Your remorse
  5. Your character
  6. Any steps you have taken to reduce the likelihood of reoffending.

The court may also consider your payment of the fine as evidence that you have accepted responsibility and incurred some expense as a result of your conduct.

What can I do to prepare?

Materials which can assist you during your licence appeal include:

  1. Character references, especially those which explain your need for a licence to work, to care for those you are responsible for or for any other reasons
  2. A letter of apology explaining the offence and your acceptance of responsibility
  3. Documents such as employment contracts which suggest you will be unable to work if you lose your licence
  4. Any attendance at a traffic offender program

You (or your lawyer on your behalf) will be able to use these materials to present your case as persuasively as possible.

Penalties for speeding

The penalty you will face for a speeding offence depends on a number of factors, including:

  • The number of kilometres over the speed limit you were travelling,
  • The type of vehicle you were driving or riding,
  • The type of licence you held, and
  • Whether double demerits apply.

Penalty notices

The following table of penalty notices (also known as speeding tickets or speeding fines) is current at 20 June 2020.

Speeding Offences   Fine Demerit Points
CLASS A MOTOR VEHICLE (VEHICLES UP TO 4.5 TONNES EG CARS AND MOTORCYCLES)
Exceed speed 10 km/h and under (other than a learner or provisional licence) $121 1
Exceed speed 10 km/h and under (learner or provisional licence) $121 4
Exceed speed over 10 km/h (other than a learner or provisional licence) $280 3
Exceed speed over 10 km/h (learner or provisional licence) $280 4
Exceed speed over 20 km/h $481 4
Exceed speed over 30 km/h $920 5
Exceed speed over 45 km/h $2,482 6
CLASS B MOTOR VEHICLE (VEHICLES MORE THAN 4.5 TONNES BUT LESS THAN 12 TONNES EG TRUCKS AND HEAVY VEHICLES)
Exceed speed 10 km/h and under (other than a learner or provisional licence) $360 1
Exceed speed 10 km/h and under (learner or provisional licence) $360 4
Exceed speed over 10 km/h (other than a learner or provisional licence) $481 3
Exceed speed over 10 km/h (learner or provisional licence) $481 4
Exceed speed over 20 km/h $599 4
Exceed speed over 30 km/h $920 5
Exceed speed over 45 km/h $2,482 6
CLASS C MOTOR VEHICLE (VEHICLES MORE THAN 12 TONNES EG LARGE TRUCKS AND HEAVY VEHICLES)
Exceed speed 10 km/h and under (other than a learner or provisional licence) $360 1
Exceed speed 10 km/h and under (learner or provisional licence) $360 4
Exceed speed over 10 km/h (other than a learner or provisional licence) $481 3
Exceed speed over 10 km/h (learner or provisional licence) $481 4
Exceed speed over 20 km/h $599 4
Exceed speed over 30 km/h $1,441 5
Exceed speed over 45 km/h $3,762 6
HEAVY VEHICLES SPECIAL SPEED LIMIT – 100 KM/H
CLASS B MOTOR VEHICLE
Exceed speed 10 km/h and under (other than a learner or provisional licence) $360 1
Exceed speed 10 km/h and under (learner or provisional licence) $360 4
Exceed speed over 10 km/h (other than a learner or provisional licence) $481 3
Exceed speed over 10 km/h (learner or provisional licence) $481 4
Exceed speed over 20 km/h $599 4
Exceed speed over 30 km/h $920 5
Exceed speed over 45 km/h $2,482 6
CLASS C MOTOR VEHICLE
Exceed speed 10 km/h and under (other than a learner or provisional licence) $360 1
Exceed speed 10 km/h and under (learner or provisional licence) $360 4
Exceed speed over 10 km/h (other than a learner or provisional licence) $481 3
Exceed speed over 10 km/h (learner or provisional licence) $481 4
Exceed speed over 20 km/h $599 4
Exceed speed over 30 km/h $1,441 5
Exceed speed over 45 km/h $3,762 6
LEARNER SPECIAL SPEED LIMIT – 90 KM/H
Learner exceed speed 10 km/h and under $121 4
Learner exceed speed over 10 km/h $280 4
Learner exceed speed over 20 km/h $481 4
Learner exceed speed over 30 km/h $920 5
Learner exceed speed over 45 km/h $2,482 6
PROVISIONAL P1 SPECIAL SPEED LIMIT – 90 KM/H
Provisional P1 exceed speed 10 km/h and under $121 4
Provisional P1 exceed speed over 10 km/h $280 4
Provisional P1 exceed speed over 20 km/h $481 4
Provisional P1 exceed speed over 30 km/h $920 5
Provisional P1 exceed speed over 45 km/h $2,482 6
PROVISIONAL P2 SPECIAL SPEED LIMIT – 100 KM/H
Provisional P2 exceed speed 10 km/h and under $121 4
Provisional P2 exceed speed over 10 km/h $280 4
Provisional P2 exceed speed over 20 km/h $481 4
Provisional P2 exceed speed over 30 km/h $920 5
Provisional P2 exceed speed over 45 km/h $2,482 6
PASS SCHOOL BUS AT MORE THAN 40 KM/H
CLASS A MOTOR VEHICLE
Pass school bus at more than 40 km/h – 10 km/h and under (other than a learner or provisional licence) $121 1
Pass school bus at more than 40 km/h – 10 km/h and under (learner or provisional licence) $121 4
Pass school bus at more than 40 km/h – over 10 km/h (other than a learner or provisional licence) $280 3
Pass school bus at more than 40 km/h – over 10 km/h (learner or provisional licence) $280 4
Pass school bus at more than 40 km/h – over 20 km/h $481 4
Pass school bus at more than 40 km/h – over 30 km/h $920 5
Pass school bus at more than 40 km/h – over 45 km/h $2,482 6
CLASS B MOTOR VEHICLE
Pass school bus at more than 40 km/h – 10 km/h and under (other than a learner or provisional licence) $360 1

Court imposed penalties

The following are some of the maximum fines which can be imposed where the matter comes before a court.

Offence Court Maximum Fine Licence Disqualification
Exceed speed limit by: Light Vehicles Heavy Vehicles
Not more than 10 km/h $2,200 $2,200
More than 10 km/h but not more than 20 km/h $2,200 $2,200
More than 20 km/h but not more than 30 km/h $2,200 $2,200
More than 30 km/h but not more than 45 km/h $2,200 $2,200 3 months (minimum)
More than 45 km/h $2,200 $3,300 6 months (minimum)

However, it is important to be aware that a fine will not be imposed if the court uses its discretion to order a section 10 dismissal or a condition release order without conviction.

Why Choose Sydney Criminal Lawyers®?

Going to court can be nerve-racking, but having a strong and compassionate legal team behind you can make the experience significantly easier to deal with. Here are 12 reasons to choose our multi-award winning legal team:

  1. Proven Track Record of Exceptional Results

    Sydney Criminal Lawyers® consistently achieves outcomes which are in the highest percentile of the Judicial Commission’s sentencing statistics for criminal cases.

    Our legal team devises effective case-strategies and fights hard to have cases dropped entirely or charges downgraded – saving clients the time, expense and stress of a defended hearing or jury trial.

    Where cases nevertheless proceed, our lawyers have an outstanding track record of winning defended Local Court hearings, and complex jury trials in the District and Supreme Courts.

    We also consistently win appeals in the District and Supreme Courts (including the NSWCCA) after clients have received unsatisfactory results with other law firms in the lower courts.We are one of the few firms to achieve successful criminal law appeals in the High Court of Australia.

    Where our clients wish to plead guilty, we frequently achieve ‘dismissals’ and ‘non convictions’ in cases where other lawyers have advised there is no chance of doing so.

  2. Highest Level of Client Satisfaction

    We have the best and most comprehensive client review record of any law firm in Australia.

    Regular communication, accessibility and quality service are our team’s highest priorities.

    We are committed to thoroughly explaining all steps involved in the criminal law process, providing regular updates throughout the proceedings, and making ourselves accessible and responsive.

    We are passionate about providing an exceptional level of service to our clients, and we fight hard to achieve optimal results in the shortest period of time.

  3. Australia’s Most Awarded Criminal Law Firm

    We have received more awards and accolades than any other criminal law firm in Australia. Our team has been awarded “Criminal Defence Firm of the Year in Australia” in a number of prestigious and competitive awards programs for several years running.

    The awards recognise our exceptional track record of results, our outstanding client service, the high level of satisfaction we achieve, the affordability of our services and our overall excellence.

  4. Fixed Fees

    We want our clients to know exactly how much their cases will cost from the very start. That’s why we were the first criminal law firm in Australia to publish ‘fixed fees’, back in 2004.

    We offer fixed fees for most types of criminal cases and services.Our fixed fees apply to a range of Local Court cases such as drink driving, drug possession, fraud, common assault and AVOs, and also specific services such as prison visits, bail applications, appeals and defended hearings.

    Unlike many other law firms, our fixed fees are published on our website – which ensures transparency and certainty.

  5. Free First Appointment

    For those who are going to court, we offer a free first conference of up to an hour with one of our Senior Criminal Defence Lawyers.

    We also offer a free first conference to those who have received an unsatisfactory result after being represented in court by another law firm, or after representing themselves, and wish to appeal.

  6. Specialist Lawyer Guarantee

    We guarantee that only lawyers with substantial criminal defence experience will work on your case and appear for you in court.

    This ensures our clients receive the highest quality representation from an experienced, specialist criminal lawyer.

  7. All NSW Courts

    From Bombala to Broken Hill, our lawyers appear in courts throughout New South Wales – and across Australia for Commonwealth cases.

    And we offer fixed fees for most criminal and traffic law cases throughout the state.

  8. Accredited Specialists

    Our entire firm is exclusively dedicated to criminal law – which makes us true specialists.

    All of our lawyers have years of experience representing clients in criminal cases, and our principal has been certified by the Law Society of NSW as an Accredited Criminal Law Specialist since 2005.

    An ‘Accredited Specialist’ is a lawyer who has practised for at least 5 years in a particular field of law (such as criminal law), has passed a rigorous assessment process conducted by the Law Society of NSW, and has been selected by the Specialist Accreditation Committee of the Law Society as an expert in the field.

    Accredited Specialists are required to undertake more training each year than other lawyers and must be successful in having their accreditation renewed every year. Specialist Accreditation is the mark of a true specialist.

    Our firm’s specialist experience ensures you receive the best possible result, whatever your criminal law case may be.

  9. Results-Focused Law Firm

    Our team is passionate about achieving results, and unlike many other law firms, our lawyers do not have monthly financial ‘budgets’ to meet.

    The absence of budgets means our lawyers are entirely focused on achieving optimal results in the shortest space of time; whether by getting charges dropped or downgraded at an early stage or having cases ‘thrown out of court’.

    Not having budgets also means our lawyers are not under pressure to engage in unscrupulous practices such as unnecessarily adjourning cases or ‘overcharging’ clients – which, sadly, is a common complaint against many other lawyers and law firms.

    No budgets encourages regular consultation between lawyers within the firm – promoting an ‘open door’, team environment where lawyers bounce ideas off one another, formulate case strategy together and benefit from each other’s specialised experience, methods, techniques and insights.

    The result is a firm which delivers optimal outcomes in the shortest time periods, at the least expense and stress to our clients.

  10. Team of Lawyers Behind You

    Our clients benefit from the pool of knowledge that only an extensive team of experienced criminal defence lawyers can provide.

    Our lawyers regularly consult one another to stay ‘ahead of the pack’ in the ever-changing field of criminal law – constantly devising, refining and implementing specialised techniques which ensure our clients achieve the best possible outcomes.

    A team approach is particularly important when it comes to serious criminal cases such as murder, commercial drug cases, serious and sexual assaults, large-scale fraud, robbery and other ‘indictable’ cases.

    In such matters, clients reap the benefits of several lawyers devising and executing case strategies which maximise the chances of having cases dropped or downgraded at an early stage, or ‘thrown out of court’ – often saving clients a great deal of cost, time and anxiety.

  11. Familiar with Magistrates and Judges

    Each of our lawyers appears in court on a daily basis, and has done so for years. We have therefore been able to develop an understanding of, and rapport with, magistrates and judges in Sydney and indeed across the state.

    Our team’s extensive experience before the courts ensures your case is tailored to the specific nuances of individual judicial officers, maximising the likelihood of a favourable result.

  12. Convenience

    We have offices in locations across the Sydney Metropolitan Area and beyond, including:

    • the Sydney CBD, on Castlereagh Street, directly opposite Downing Centre Court,
    • Liverpool, directly opposite Liverpool Local Court, and
    • Parramatta, near the justice precinct.

    We offer free parking at our Sydney CBD and Liverpool locations, and all of our offices are close to train stations and bus terminals.

    For those who are unable to attend our offices, we offer conferences by telephone, Skye and FaceTime anywhere around the world.

    If you are going to court and wish to arrange a free first consultation, call our 24 hour hotline on (02) 9261 8881 or send us an email at info@sydneycriminallawyers.com.au.

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