You might not believe this but, if you don’t need us – we’ll tell you. This is why we offer a fixed fee initial consultation – to discuss the problem you have, figure out if it’s a legal problem and if so, how best to help you with it. If it’s not strictly a legal problem, but could be assisted by some legal know-how, then we can provide you with that too. We try to empower our clients – we don’t just aim to help you, we aim to explain what is happening and what tools you and your lawyer can use to get you through it. Even so, sometimes legal processes can be confusing to people who aren’t used to them – separating from your partner, buying or selling a house, starting a business – and you want to get it right. Getting it right is the lawyer’s job. So if you want to get it right the first time then yes, you need a lawyer.
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.
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:
> 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.
> 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 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.