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Gatton Court

  • DUI & Drink Driving Lawyer Gatton

     

    Thank you for considering if Clarity Law might be a good firm to assist you with your DUI or Drink Driving charge in the Gatton Magistrates Court.  We know this is a very difficult and stressful time and you need to be sure any lawyer you hire is both experienced with DUI and Drink Driving charges in Gatton and just as importantly one you trust.

    We do understand if you have a DUI or Drink Driving charge in Gatton Court whether it is high range or mid or low range that you need immediate solid advice on your options and whether you could apply for a work licence.  We also understand you want a lawyer that will communicate with you and not just take you money and not return your calls or emails.  Finally you need to know what your costs will be and that is why all of our prices are fixed and are listed clearly on our website, there is no hidden fees or extra costs. 

    Also in most circumstances you won’t need to physically meet with us until the court date, we can do everything by phone, zoom and email and have done so successfully for thousands of clients.

     

    Where is Gatton Court?

    7 William Street

    Gatton Qld 4343

    Business hours

    8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday

     

    Phone                   (07) 5468 5000

    Fax                         (07) 5468 5002

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    Map

    https://goo.gl/maps/vnk8zsofj3uic7VX7

     

    Magistrates

    The Magistrates at Gatton are based at Toowoomba, they are;

    Magistrate Kay Ryan
    Magistrate Catherine Pirie
    Magistrate Vivian Keegan

     

    Our Local Office

    Ipswich Corporate Office

    16 East Street, Ipswich 4305

    Phone: 0734850147 

    Please always phone ahead to book an appointment, due to COVID we can’t accept walk in clients at the current time.

     

    Our Lawyers

    Every one of our lawyers is extremely experienced appearing in the Pine Rivers Magistrates Court every week representing people on a huge range of traffic, DUI and Drink Driving charges.

    Steven Brough

    Russell Tannock

    Lucy Ferguson

    Belinda Smyth – Client Services Manager

    Between our lawyers we have appeared in court thousands of times representing clients with drink driving charges.

     

    Our Experience

    Since 2010 we have been representing people throughout the Gatton region who have been charged with a DUI or Drink Driving charge and need a good traffic lawyer to represent them.  We aren’t a firm that does traffic law as just one area of law, we do traffic law exclusively. 

    Our client’s often come to us nervous, worried and needing answers.  This is not a time for uncertainty over your future nor the costs you will pay.  The stress that a drink driving charge causes to people can be overwhelming, having a lawyer to help will give you a lot of relief.

    We strive to give you immediate comprehensive advice and a fixed fee so you can be sure of your legal costs and whether you qualify for a work licence.  While we will never be the cheapest we do offer the best value in our humble opinion.

    Our prices include;

    • full preparation for court and devising strategy to minimise penalty
    • negotiations with the police prosecution unit including obtaining traffic history and charge documents
    • preparing for what we will tell the Magistrate
    • advising you on how to obtain character references
    • all telephone calls and emails
    • detailed information to you on the likely disqualification period and fine and information on what will happen at court and afterwards
    • appearing in the court with you to conduct you’re a guilty plea

     

    What areas of traffic law we undertake in addition to DUI and Drink Driving

     

    Why should I choose you and not just represent myself?

    We understand that many people do just represent themselves in court for a drink driving charge.  Unfortunately some believe the duty lawyer will assist them which they will not for a drink driving charge unless you are facing a prison sentence.

    We get calls every week from people who have represented themselves and had a terrible outcome and are now desperate to try and do something to overturn the decision.  Just some of the reasons to engage a traffic lawyer includes;

    1. We have appeared in Gatton hundreds of times this means we know what the Magistrates want to hear to minimise the disqualification period
    1. We can advise you if you qualify for a work licence
    1. We are there to look after your interests, neither the Magistrates nor the Police Prosecutor is going to do that, you need someone on your side
    1. We can take you through the whole process so you are not worried what will occur in Gatton court as we would have explained everything to you and will be with you at court to assist you. This will dramatically reduce your stress levels
    1. engaging us shows the court you are taking your charges seriously

     

    Links that may be of assistance

    Client Testimonials

    Link to our Blog

    FAQ’s

    List of Queensland Courts and their contact details

    Daily list of Matters in Gatton Courts

    List of Court Calendars for Caboolture Courts

     

    How to get in Contact with us

    If you want to engage us or just need further information or no obligation advice then you can either;

    1. Use our contact form and we will contact you by email or phone at a time that suits you
    2. Call us on 1300 952 255 seven days a week, 7am to 7pm
    3. email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

    If I contacted you what would occur?

    If you contact Clarity Law then Steven Brough the firm’s founder or our client services manager Belinda Smyth will take the call or receive the email. They have over 40 years legal experience between them, we can provide immediate legal assistance and answer any questions you have. We will discuss your case, provide guidance and send a quote by email with additional relevant information about your drink driving charge, all at no cost and no obligation.

    If you want to engage us then it’s easy, there is a form you can complete and email back or complete online. If you don’t want to engage us or want to engage another firm that’s fine, you won’t be hassled and at worst you will just have more information about your charge. Once engaged one of our lawyers will go through your matter and contact you to discuss what the best way forward is to achieve the best results. Every one of our lawyers are very experienced with thousands of courts appearances between them and they know the Pine Rivers court and the Magistrates and Prosecutors.

     

    More Drink Driving Information

  • Gatton

     

    Facing a traffic charge in Gatton and need to know how a drink driving, drug driving, dangerous driving or other traffic matter might be heard in Gatton Magistrates Court?

     

    Location

    The Gatton Magistrates Court is located at 7 William Street, Gatton. The court contains one Magistrates Court

     

    Contact Details

    7 William Street

    PO Box 413

    Gatton Qld 4343

     

    Business hours

    8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday

     

    Phone                  (07) 5468 5000

    Fax                        (07) 5468 5002

    Email                    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

    Facilities

    Toilets

    Meeting rooms

    JP Service

     

    Map

    https://goo.gl/maps/vnk8zsofj3uic7VX7

     

    Types of matters heard at Gatton Court

    Traffic matters

    Drink Driving

    Drug Driving

    Dangerous Driving

    Disqualified Driving

    Evading police

    Careless Driving

    Unlicensed Driving

    Work Licences

    Special Hardship Licences

     

    Parking

    There is parking in the streets around the courthouse.

     

    Magistrates

    The current list of Magistrates at Gatton are;

    Magistrate Kay Ryan
    Magistrate Catherine Pirie
    Magistrate Vivian Keegan

     

    Arriving at Court

    Gatton court has volunteers that will be able to give you some advice as to where to wait for the court to start.

    On any given day usually both Courts are operating and might be assigned to hear criminal and/or traffic matters, trials, civil disputes, DVO or children’s Court matters.  The Court publishes a calendar each year that sets out when they hear matters.  That can be accessed through this link  www.Courts.qld.gov.au/daily-law-lists/Court-calendars    In addition to the Court calendar each day there is a list of made of each person appearing in Court and what Court room they have been assigned.  This is known as the daily law list and can be accessed online using this link https://www.courts.qld.gov.au/__external/CourtsLawList/Gatton_DailyLawList.pdf 

     

    Example on how a matter might be heard

    Let's take the example of a drink driving charge, these can be heard in the Gatton Court on Monday’s.  The Court would allocate a Magistrate to hear traffic matters and criminal matters that day and if you were charged with an offence you would proceed to the nominated Court room at the Court there is a police prosecutor who prosecutes the matter on behalf of the police service, this will not be the arresting officer that you were charged by but an independent police prosecutor.   The prosecutor will provide you with what is known as be Police Prosecutors Court Brief (everyone calls it a QP9), we have a dedicated article on that and that can be read at

    The QP9 sets out what the police say occurred in regard to the drink driving charge and will have attached to it;

    1. The breath or blood analyst certificate
    2. Any traffic history
    3. Any criminal history

    The police prosecutor will then ask the person what they want to do.  There are three options that is;

    • Plead guilty
    • Plead not guilty
    • Seek to adjourn the matter to a different date possibly to obtain legal advice

    If the defendant notices any factual inaccuracies in the QP9 after they looked through it then they would need to alert the police prosecutor.  In most cases unless the inaccuracy is minor the matter would need to be adjourned so that the prosecutor can look into the issue.

    If the defendant decides the QP9 is correct then they will take a seat in the Court, generally what happens is matters are heard in the order of adjournments with lawyers, guilty pleas with lawyers, unrepresented adjournments and then guilty plea for unrepresented people.

    The Court eventually get to the defendant’s matter and they will be called to the bar table which is the long table in the middle of Court with the police prosecutor the right hand side and the defendant at the left-hand side.   The Magistrate will read out the charge and ask the person to plead guilty, not guilty or ask if they are seeking an adjournment.  In this example of a guilty plea to a drink driving charge the defendant would enter a guilty plea and ultimately they would sit down and the police prosecutor will read out from the QP9 and tell the Magistrate what happened and the hand up any traffic or criminal history the defendant may have.  The Magistrate will then invite the defendant to make comments about the facts and to give them some idea of their situation so they can set a penalty for drink-driving charge.  It might be factors such as what a person does for a living how the loss of license will impact them.   The Magistrate may require a defendant to address the previous history especially if it is lengthy or has similar offences on it.  Once the Magistrate is convinced to have all the necessary information, they will then seek to impose a penalty.   It is important to note the Court does have a duty lawyer service but for drinking drug driving charges and other traffic matters where the risk of imprisonment is not high the duty lawyer will not be able to represent a person.

    We also have article on how drink driving matters are heard in Magistrate Courts.

     

    Do you appear in Gatton Court?

    Yes, we act for people charged with offences and appearing in Gatton Magistrates Court on an almost weekly basis and have done so since 2010. 

     

    Our local office

    Ipswich

    16 East Street, Ipswich 4305

    Phone: 0734850147

     

    How do I get more information or engage Clarity Law to act for me? 

    If you want to engage us or just need further information or advice then you can either;

    1. Use our contact us form and we will contact you by email or phone at a time that suits you
    2. Visit our website at www.drivinglaw.com.au
    3. Call us on 1300 952 255 seven days a week, 7am to 7pm
    4. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.