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South East Queensland's most experienced traffic law firm

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Welcome and thank you for visiting the website of Clarity Law, Queensland’s leading traffic law firms. My name is Steven Brough and I am the owner and senior solicitor here at Clarity Law. We are experts in all areas of Queensland traffic offences from DUIdrink driving and work licences to disqualified driving charges and special hardship licences.

We have six office locations which means we can help any person in South East Queensland.  We appear in all the courts in South East Queensland including Brisbane, Southport and Maroochydore Courts as well as Caboolture, Ipswich, Caloundra, Noosa, Beenleigh, Holland Park, Pine Rivers, Toowoomba and many more courts.  For a list of all the court we appear in click here.

If you are concerned about protecting your licence, your income, your independence and your family then this is where Clarity Law can help. We have the experience and knowledge to help you as well as offering the easiest way to get expert court representation.

Simply contact us and we will take care of everything.  Generally you won't have to come into our office, we can take care of everything over the phone or by email. If we need to meet we will come to you for no extra charge.

We have made over a thousand court appearances, we know the law, the courts and we guarantee you will not find a better lawyer.  If your licence is at risk don't try and represent yourself as in almost all cases we will get you a better outcome, this means reduced fines, substantially lower disqualification period, having no conviction recorded or most importantly that you may get to keep your licence.

We are experts on Queensland Traffic Laws, this is what we do, we are not a general law firm that does traffic law on the side.  If you have been charged with a DUI offence, drink driving or drug driving we can help you minimise the disqualification period.  If you need a work licence then we have never had the court refuse one of our work licence applications.  If you have issues with demerit points then we can help you apply for a special hardship licence if you qualify.  We don't however handle fighting speeding tickets or other infringement notices in court.

We appear in almost every court in South East Queensland, from the Gold Coast to Gympie and Brisbane to Toowoomba we cover it all, you can have expert representation in your local court with no extra charge to you. Check out the courts we appear in here.

Want a final great reason to get the best traffic law firm working for you? We are generally 15-20% cheaper than other law firms. Our lower price doesn't mean you don't get the best advice, you will not find a better traffic law firm to represent you, it just means you can afford to hire an expert traffic lawyer.  Unlike other law firms we are proud to publish our prices, click here for information on what we charge.

Contact us and we will happily talk through your matter and provide you with free no obligation advice on what the court is likely to do and how we can help.  We are open 7 days a week from 7am to 7pm for your convenience.

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Drink & Drug Driving

Queensland Courts treat DUI, drink driving and drug driving charges very seriously. Make sure you get an experienced traffic lawyer to represent you.

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Work Licence & Special Hardship Licence Applications

If you are going to lose you licence for drink or drug driving or through demerit points then we may be able to help keep you on the road

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Unlicensed & Disqualified Driving

Unlicensed or disqualified driving charges often carry mandatory periods of licence disqualification and in the case of disqualified driving periods of imprisonment

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Driving children under a Special Hardship Licence

We often get calls from people needing a special hardship licence for work purposes who also desire to be able to drive their children to school or other activities under that hardship licence.

First a bit of background, a special hardship licence or special hardship order is a licence that may be available to people who exceed their demerit points, elect to go on a 12 month good driving behaviour period and then during that period incur further demerit points.  In those circumstances unless a person applies for a special hardship licence then they will have their licence suspended for a minimum of 6 months and be unable to drive.  A person who has their licence suspended for exceeding the speed limit by more than 40 km/h (a high speed suspension) may also be eligible to apply for a special hardship licence. For more information about special hardship licences see our webpage - www.drivinglaw.com.au/hardship-licences.html

The special hardship licence is only available to people who are on a Queensland open or provisional licence and who have in the previous 5 years not had a licence suspension or disqualification (excluding SPER suspensions).

The special hardship licence is available where if the court were not to grant the order the applicant or their family would;

1.       suffer extreme hardship by depriving them of the means of earning a living; or

2.       suffer severe and unusual hardship for some other reason

To apply for a special hardship licence a person must lodge affidavits for themselves and their employer (if they are not self-employed) and must appear in their local court before a Magistrate to argue for the special hardship licence to be granted. For information on the timeline of a special hardship application see our previous article www.drivinglaw.com.au/blog/item/6-special-hardship-application-time-frames.html

In most cases it is relatively easy to establish that a person would suffer financial hardship if they lost their licence and as a result could not work.  What is much tougher is being able to establish that a person would suffer severe and unusual hardship if they could not drive their children to school or other activities.

It is important to note that a special hardship licence is not a licence to be able to drive whenever a person desires, the order for the special hardship licence, if granted by the Magistrate, will restrict the hours, days, reasons and places a person can drive.  The order will also restrict who a person can have in the car with them.  Therefore to be able to drive children a person would need to first convince the court that they or their family would suffer severe and unusual hardship if not able to drive the children and if that is established then the court will need to specify exactly where and when the children could be driven.

The general attitude of most Queensland Magistrates is that they will not grant a person the ability to drive their children to school or other activities. To be able to convince the Magistrate to grant the right to drive children to school generally a person would have to prove that;

1.        There is no public transport available to transport the children to school;

2.       There is no one else who could drive the children i.e a partner or family member (further Affidavits on behalf of these people may be required in some circumstances);

3.       The hours the parents work is such that driving the children to school is the only viable option to get them to school; or

4.       The children have special needs that means driving them to school is the only option.

When it comes to being able to drive the children to sporting or other activates the courts are even more reluctant to allow this.  Generally a person would only be able to drive their children to these activities if they could prove that

1.       The children have special needs such that the sporting or other activities help with or

2.       The children are competing at such a high level that if the parents cannot drive them they are likely to suffer severe and unusual hardship

The court would be looking for affidavit evidence from a doctor or a coach confirming the need to drive the children.

Due to the complexity of special hardship licence application, especially when requesting the licence to cover children’s needs it is important to engage a professional to represent you.

Clarity Law is Queensland’s leading traffic law firm covering every court is South East Queensland.

We undertake special hardship applications in Courts across South East Queensland every day, it is this experience, and our expertise that allows us to get the absolute best result for clients.  Other law firms simply don’t have the experience that we do and don’t know the process and the Magistrates like we do.  We also offer the most competitive prices in Queensland that are all fixed fee so there are no nasty surprises when you receive your invoice.  If you want to engage us or just need further information or advice then you can either;

For more information visit our drink driving page or call 1300 952 255 7am – 7pm seven days a week

Disclaimer:

The information provided is for informational use only, and are in no way intended to constitute legal advice or to create a lawyer-client relationship, and you should not act or rely upon any information appearing in this article without seeking the advice of a lawyer. Moreover, because the law is constantly changing, the information appearing in this article are not guaranteed to be correct, complete, or up-to-date.  Steven and Clarity law only undertake matters in Queensland.

 

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Our Office Locations

Brisbane

Level 1, 16 McDougall Street Milton
Phone: 0730677017

Sunshine Coast

Suite 4, 66 Duporth Ave Maroochydore
Phone: 1300 952 255

Southport

Lvl 15, 2 Corporate Crt, Bundall
0756132683

Loganholme

Level 2, 3972 Pacific Highway, Loganholme
Phone: 0736680683

Ipswich

16 East Street, Ipswich 4305
Phone: 0734850147

Brendale

3/22-24 Strathwyn Street, Brendale
Phone: 0734850184