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Criminal & Traffic Law

Our criminal team holds over 40 years’ combined legal experience; contact BELAW as soon as possible if you have been charged with an offence or require legal representation.

TRAFFIC OFFENCES

A driving licence is a privilege, not a right, which most of us take for granted.

“We don’t know how much we needed it until it’s gone.”

Traffic offences can result in having your licence suspended, and possible imprisonment depending on the severity of your charge. In our experience, traffic offences often affect not only you but also your family and loved ones.

You should contact BELAW as soon as you are charged with a traffic offence to ensure that your interests are protected.

By instructing BELAW you will have the peace of mind knowing that we will appear in court on your behalf and make submissions to reduce the penalty that may be imposed.

Please call BELAW to book an initial consultation where we will advise you of your rights, potential defences and estimate of costs.

Our experienced lawyers can assist you in a range of traffic and criminal matters, including: –

Kelsey StreetKelsey Street paralegal Praneel BhelaPraneel Bhela solicitor Jo-Anne HuntJo-Anne Hunt solicitor

 

> DRINK DRIVING & DRUG DRIVING (DUI)

Driving under the influence is one of the most common and serious offences you can be charged with. Magistrates in Cairns, Innisfail, Townsville and Brisbane are taking a hardened approach in cases of drink driving due to the number of increased recent incidents.

Queensland legislation provides a mandatory disqualification period for driving under the influence – you will lose your license. This will impact you and your family in ways you may not have considered. The Court does not take this lightly and neither should you.

BELAW offers a fixed fee of $2,200 (including GST) when you plead guilty to driving under the influence in the first instance.

What your fee includes:

  • All legal work involved in preparing for your matter;
  • Initial Court appearance to plead guilty and adjourn for a long plea; and
  • Final Court appearance presenting mitigating factors in an aim to minimise your penalty.

Please note that our fixed fee does not cover applying for a Work or Hardship Licence.

Alternatively, you can engage BELAW for your traffic offences based on our hourly rates. Please contact us to discuss your matter and options available to you with one of our experienced solicitors.

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> WORK LICENCES AND SPECIAL HARDSHIP ORDERS

If the loss of your licence will cause you:

• Loss of Employment; or
• Severe and unusual hardship

You may be eligible to apply for a restricted work licence or a special hardship order.

Please call BELAW on (07) 4051 5388 to discuss options you may have.

 

> SPEEDING

Speeding can result in you losing your licence if you:

• Accumulate too many demerit points whilst on a Good Driving Behavior Period; or
• Are convicted of an offence of driving more than 40 km/h over the speed limit.

Contact BELAW on (07) 4051 5388 to discuss whether you may be eligible for a Special Hardship Order or Work Licence.

 

> UNLICENSED DRIVING AND DISQUALIFIED DRIVING

Driving unlicensed or disqualified will result in a minimum disqualification period of 2 years.

If you are convicted of an unlicensed driving or disqualified driving offence you will NOT be eligible to apply for a Work License or a Special Hardship Order.

Contact BELAW on (07) 4051 5388 to obtain legal advice prior to pleading guilty to a charge of unlicensed or disqualified driving.

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