Facing traffic charges can be a frightening experience – especially if the offence carries a severe penalty such as a prison sentence. Even a more minor offence can cause great aggravation if there’s a possibility that you may lose your licence.
We can provide you with advice and representation in relation to any traffic offence, whether you need to fight a penalty notice or more serious charges.
Here are the key traffic offences. Our quick tips also provide more information.
Radar / Lidar Speeding Offences
If you have been detected speeding, chances are police used radar or lidar (hand-held detection) equipment. This equipment is often used in breach of operational guidelines or may be faulty, meaning that a conviction cannot be secured.
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Speed Camera Offences
If you have been caught on a fixed speed camera, you may wish to contest the offence based on whether somebody else was driving your vehicle, or some other circumstance, including the accuracy of the speed camera.
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You may be charged with this offence if you are found to have driven in a manner not consistent with how a "reasonably prudent" driver would have in the same circumstances. This offence usually results in an infringement notice and the loss of several demerit points.
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Negligent driving causing grievous bodily harm (GBH) or death
This is a much more serious charge, which you may face if your driving has resulted in serious injury or death to another person. If convicted, possible penalties include a prison sentence.
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Furious driving, reckless driving, driving in a manner or at a speed dangerous
Being charged with this offence is likely to mean that your driving was dangerous, but that you avoided causing any injury to others.
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Dangerous driving causing death
In order to charge you, police must establish that your driving caused the death of another person through various criteria, such as whether you were under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This offence carries severe penalties – including a prison sentence of up to 14 years in some cases.
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Fail to stop and give assistance in an accident involving death or injury
If you are involved in an accident and you know or suspect that somebody has been hurt or possibly even killed, it is important that you stay to render assistance and to help emergency services with their enquiries.
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Street racing and hoon offences
Since 2012, NSW Police have been able to apply roadside sanctions for street racing, aggravated burnout, engaging in a police pursuit (Skye’s Law) or speeding in excess of 45km/h. If you are charged with one of these offences, your licence can immediately be suspended, or your number plates confiscated.
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This offence is fairly self-explanatory, although a distinction may be drawn between drivers who are unlicenced for the type of vehicle, are temporarily disqualified or have never held a licence.
More information about Unlicenced driving offences
Drive while suspended
It is up to a court to decide whether you will have a criminal conviction recorded against you if you drive a car while your licence is suspended. The main factor will be an assessment of your driving history and any previous offences.
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Drive while disqualified
If you drive after your driver’s licence has been disqualified, you may be charged with this offence. Penalties include a fine, and potentially prison if your driving record is poor.
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Red Light Cameras
Red Light Cameras (also known as red light speed cameras ) are used to detect drivers who fail to stop at a red traffic light, The penalty ticket can include three (3) demerit points (which can mean the potential loss of your drivers license) and a substantial fine.
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Although this does not seem like a serious offence, if your vehicle is unregistered and you are involved in an accident, your compulsory third party insurance is most likely invalid.
More information about Unregistered vehicles offences (Coming Soon)
If your car is uninsured, anybody injured in an accident may not be covered and you may be called upon personally to make up any shortfall, as well as potentially paying a fine.
More information about Drive uninsured offences (Coming Soon)
Driving with mobile phone
If you are in any way holding your phone while you are driving you may have committed this offence, which now attracts the loss of four demerit points.
More information about Driving with mobile phone offences (Coming Soon)
At Nyman Gibson Miralis, we provide urgent criminal legal advice 24/7 for all traffic offences. Our driving offence lawyers and accredited specialist solicitor are available now for your call.
We are specialists in criminal law, which includes our expertise in and traffic offences. Our lawyers can deal with any type of infringement notice, police charge, court attendance notice, or RMS.
We will advise you of the potential penalties, as well as give you a realistic opinion as to the likely result when you go to court. Your first conference is free, and we will discuss with you the costs of legal representation.