Every year, thousands of Queensland drivers are charged with drink driving offences. A conviction for a drink driving offence leads to licence disqualifications, substantial fines and even imprisonment. Drink driving is therefore a very serious offence that can have significant consequences for members of the community.
Well, it’s official.
The Queensland Government’s controversial lockout laws have just passed through parliament and will gradually be rolled out starting from 1 July this year. These laws will mean that you won’t be able to buy drinks after 2:00am or 3:00am if in a designated late-night entertainment area. As of next year, you will also be restricted from entering venues after 1:00am.
So what does this mean for Brisbane’s thriving social scene? Well if Sydney is anything to go by, it means nothing but doom and gloom.
It’s hard to go a day without hearing news reports about the dramatic increase in drug driving offences throughout Queensland. We have written about the spike in drug driving offences previously and we think it’s definitely worth a read.
Being charged with a criminal offence is a major event in anyone’s life. You will more than likely not know what is likely to happen to you or what you need to do to navigate your way through the criminal justice system.
In these situations, it’s important that you seek advice and representation from a lawyer. They will be able to guide you through the legal minefield and make sure that you receive the best outcome possible.
But how do you know that you’ve chosen the best criminal lawyer for your case? Read on to find out more.
Most people who have been charged with drink driving know that they will be disqualified from holding a Queensland driver’s licence as part of their punishment. However, many don’t understand when the disqualification actually starts or that their licences will also be suspended for a period of time. This leads to a lot of confusion and, in some cases, people committing driving offences simply because they didn’t understand how the Queensland DUI laws work.
We hope that this article provides some clarification about what happens to your licence once you have been charged with drink driving in Brisbane or elsewhere in Queensland.
Nude sunbathing is one of those things that you either love or you hate. For those who love it, they can be very passionate about it and will try to enjoy their pastime at any opportunity they can get. For many, this includes spending time sunbathing nude in their backyards.
Little do they know, they may be committing a criminal offence known as “wilful exposure”.
If you have been charged with a drink driving/DUI offence, you face a mandatory licence disqualification of at least one month and up to 18 months or even more. If you drive during this disqualification period, you will be charged with an offence of disqualified driving which carries a mandatory minimum disqualification period of 2 years.
It’s probably safe to say that everyone knows that drink driving/DUI is an offence in Queensland. Most people however are confused about whether drink driving is a criminal offence or not.
If you appear in court for a drink driving offence, the magistrate may make a comment about drink driving being a “traffic offence”, similar to speeding fines or parking tickets. This is because drink driving convictions appear on a person’s traffic history and not their criminal history. This is generally the reason why a magistrate will exercise their discretion to record a drink driving conviction – they believe that a traffic offence conviction is unlikely to have much of an impact on a person’s future, if any.
Although it’s true that drink driving/DUI convictions don’t show up on a person’s criminal history, this doesn’t necessarily mean that drink driving offences are not criminal offences.