Traffic Matters

Our lawyers appear in Court regularly in relation to traffic matters.

Appearing in Court without the benefit of having an experienced lawyer can result in serious consequences for your drivers licence.  If you have been charged with drink or drug driving, or have incurred too many demerit points, you may be eligible to apply for a work licence or special hardship order. 

Time limitations do apply in some circumstances, so obtaining prompt advice from one of our expert lawyers is recommended.  To allow us to properly advise you, please bring a copy of your traffic history with you to your initial consultation.

Mandatory licence disqualification periods apply to many offences, and it is a good idea to seek legal advice before appearing in Court, especially if a licence disqualification will impact on your ability to undertake your employment.

We can assist you with:

  • Drink driving charges
  • Driving whilst disqualified
  • Driving whilst unlicensed offences
  • Dangerous driving charges
  • Work licence applications
  • Alcohol Interlock Devices
  • Vehicle Impoundment
  • General advice on demerit points and licence disqualification
  • Driving Offences
  • Other Traffic Offences

Special Hardship Order

If your licence is suspended but you need to keep driving, such as for work, you may be eligible to apply for a special hardship order.

A special hardship order is a court order that allows a driver with a suspended provisional or open licence to continue driving under restricted and specific conditions, when either:

  • You have received a notice suspending your licence for accumulation of demerit points; or
  • You have received a notice suspending your licence for a high range speeding offence.

A special hardship order will not be granted if during the last five years:

  • Your Queensland driver’s licence was suspended or cancelled;
  • You have previously made a special hardship order application; or
  • A court has disqualified your licence.

The court must be satisfied of two things:

  1. You are a fit and proper person to continue to drive, having regard to the safety of other road users;
  2. The refusal to grant a special hardship order would cause you or your family member extreme hardship and either deprive you of the means of earning a living or cause severe hardship by denying a family member to earn a living.