June 4, 2016
The content of this website is provided on the basis that it is general information only. The content of the website does not in any way constitute legal advice and should not be used as such. Formal legal advice should always be obtained. Whilst the information contained in this website has been formulated with due care, we do not accept any liability to any person for the information (or the use of such information) which is provided on this website or incorporated into it by reference. The information on this website is provided on the basis that anyone accessing the site undertake responsibility for assessing the relevance and accuracy of its content.
Although traffic offences are common and affect a larger cross section of the population, they are still viewed as serious by NSW courts. Magistrates have taken an increasingly hard-line approach to sentencing traffic offenders in recent years, resulting in large fines, lengthy licence suspensions, cancellation and even periods of imprisonment.
Notwithstanding this, many road users who are charged with a traffic offence opt to handle their matter without obtaining legal advice or representation. So is a lawyer really worth the expense?
Many immediately dismiss the idea of contacting a lawyer assuming their legal fees would outweigh the benefit. However, such people fail to seriously consider the devastating consequences a court imposed penalty could have on their life. Looking back, will you regret not making the investment in professional assistance when you are facing a serious fine, loss of licence or a prison term?
A period of license suspension or in extreme cases, disqualification for “life” can make it very difficult to earn income and care for household and family responsibilities. It can place limitations on a person’s freedom and social activities which may also negatively impact their self respect. Obviously when an offender is sentenced to a period of imprisonment, their life is drastically affected both for the duration of the term and beyond. A permanent criminal record can impact future employment prospects and a person’s ability to obtain visas and travel overseas.
In fact, no matter what penalty your offence carries, the value of good legal advice cannot be underestimated.
Despite its regulatory nature, a traffic offence is no less complex than a criminal matter. The court rules regarding procedure and evidence can be complicated and making a mistake could mean that your evidence will not be admitted, or that you are prevented from taking a certain course of action.
Specialist traffic lawyers are not only familiar with the law and court procedure, they are also aware of strategies and loopholes that may be used to either have the charges dismissed, reduce the severity or nature of your penalty, or obtain orders that no conviction be recorded.
A lawyer can:
If you have been charged with a traffic offence, talk to a traffic law specialist about your options. Acting quickly on reliable advice may have a significant impact on your future.