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Thursday, 04 April 2019 12:03

Time Limit Change for Special Hardship Orders

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Recent changes to the legislation covering special hardship orders (SHO) will increase the amount of people who can apply in Queensland. Currently people who elect to go on a good driving behaviour period after accruing too many demerit points and then exceed the demerit points on that driving behaviour period…
Sunday, 31 March 2019 13:45

Refusing a Breathalyser Test in Queensland

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In Queensland, it is an offence to fail to provide a specimen of breath, or saliva for the purposes of determining a person’s blood alcohol concentration. Strictly speaking, there are two types of offences for failing to provide a specimen of breath or saliva. The first offence occurs when a…
There seems to be some amount of confusion as to whether or not you can commit a drink driving charge in Queensland within a private area such as your driveway, or in a, say a private place such as a car park. We are often contacted by people who believe…
Wednesday, 07 February 2018 10:46

Immediate suspension for drink driving

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Drink driving legislation in Queensland now provides that any person who is charged with a drink driving offence that is a mid-range or high-range offence will immediately lose the ability to drive. Those persons who have a low-range drink driving charge only have a 24-hour prohibition on driving after being…
We recently appeared in the Sandgate Court for a client facing the real prospects of a prison sentence. The client had been charged with unlicensed driving due to a previous court ordered disqualification and high range drink driving or driving UIL (also sometimes referred to as a DUI). Making the…
Thursday, 07 September 2017 13:11

Defences to a Disqualified Driving charge

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Disqualified driving is an extremely serious traffic charge in Queensland. The Courts are particularly hard on these types of offences as to be charged with disqualified driving you must have already been disqualified by a court. Disqualified driving is the most common traffic offence that causes people to be sentenced…
Monday, 29 May 2017 17:12

Three High Range Drink Driving Charges

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Queensland law provides that where a person has two high range drink driving charges (a high range being above .15) and a person is again charged with another high range drink driving charge then the court must impose a sentence of imprisonment (all offences must occur within 5 years).  …
Thursday, 04 May 2017 08:42

Special Hardship Orders v Work Licences

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We are asked everyday by people whether they can get a work licence, day licence or special hardship licence if they are disqualified by the courts or about to be. In Queensland there are only two licences to allow a person to drive during a period of licence disqualification or…
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