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Queensland Speeding Fines

speeding_fines_qld_harper_finch_lawyers.jpgIt’s happened to almost all of us. You’re driving along the road and then *flash* – you see the bright light from a police speed van on the side of the road. You realise that you’ve just been caught speeding and now it’s only a matter of time until you receive the fine in the mail.

In this handy guide, we explain what fines and demerit points you face in Queensland depending on the speed you were caught driving. This information might not help you to avoid speeding but at least it can help you prepare for the outcome if you ARE caught speeding.

Read on to find out more!

 

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You Have The Right To Silence – Use It!

The_right_to_remain_silent_qld_criminal_lawyer_small.jpg“You have the right to remain silent”.

This is a phrase we hear so often that it’s almost become a cliché. In fact, if you were to ask someone to name a legal right that they know they have, they would probably tell you that they have the right to silence.

Despite this, we at Harper Finch Lawyers are concerned by how many people don’t exercise their right to silence, leading to all sorts of problems with their case later on.

In this article, we look more closely at the right to remain silent and just why it’s so important to exercise your right.

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Is Unlicensed Driving A Serious Offence?

In a world where people are regularly being charged with driving while seriously drunk, driving_unlicensed_is_a_serious_offence_harper_finch_lawyers.jpgdriving dangerously at high speeds or driving while under the influence of drugs, it might be easy to think that driving without a valid driver’s licence is a minor offence. After all, you’re not necessarily putting anyone at risk of harm simply because you’re driving without a licence, right?

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Different Forms of Jail Sentences in Queensland | HF Criminal Lawyers

For serious criminal offences or if a person continues reoffending, different_types_of_jail_prison_sentences_brisbane_queensland.jpg the Queensland courts have the power to impose a sentence of imprisonment. This simply means that the offender will be sent to jail for a period of time which is decided by the court (unless there is a mandatory period of imprisonment imposed by law).

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DUI/Drink Driving Work Licences – Are You Eligible?

dui_drink_driving_work_licence_eligibility.jpgIf you have been charged with a DUI or drink driving offence, you face a mandatory licence disqualification of at least one month. This could have devastating consequences for you (and your family) if you rely on your licence to be able to do your job because without your licence, you can’t earn an income.

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3 Differences Between Drink Driving and Drug Driving

3_differences_between_drink_driving_and_drug_driving.jpgIt is easy to assume that drink driving and drug driving are the same offences but just with different intoxicating substances (alcohol vs drugs). Although they do have a lot in common, there are however several very important differences that Queensland drivers should be aware of. This knowledge might save you from losing your licence in the future!

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Sentencing in Queensland

sentencing_in_queensland_article.jpgOne of the most important parts of the criminal justice system is the sentencing of offenders. This is where a Magistrate or Judge determines the sentence that should be imposed on a person who has either been found guilty or pleaded guilty to a traffic or criminal offence. For most defendants, it is the most important part of the system as it determines what type of punishment they will face.

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10 Factors That Affect Your Blood Alcohol Levels

10_factors_that_affect_blood_alcohol_levels.jpgYou’ve probably heard the general guideline that males can stay under the legal alcohol limit if they limit themselves to two standard drinks in the first hour and then one standard drink for each hour afterwards. For women, the guidelines recommend just one standard drink in the first hour and then one drink for each further hour.

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4 Things To Do If Your Child Is Arrested

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One of your worst nightmares might come true if your child is arrested for a traffic or criminal offence.

Firstly, you will be wondering whether your child has actually been involved in criminal activities or whether someone has leveled false accusations against him or her. Secondly, the fear and stress of seeing your child in jail can be extremely hard to handle.

It is a difficult time for the whole family but anxiety and stress are not going to help you or your child in any way. You need to try to stay calm and think wisely because being highly emotional and over-anxious will only make matters worse.

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5 Ways To Reduce Legal Fees

reduce_legal_fees.jpgA gang of robbers broke into a lawyer’s club by mistake. The old legal lions gave them a fight for their life and their money. The gang was very happy to escape.”It ain’t so bad,” one crook noted. “We got $25 between us.”The boss screamed: “I warned you to stay clear of lawyers! We had $100 when we broke in!”

As much as we hate to admit it,  lawyers have a reputation as being expensive. Fortunately, most of our clients see the value and benefit in hiring an experienced lawyer to represent them in court however there is no denying that legal representation does come at a cost.

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