Driving in Queensland while unlicensed is a very serious offence and almost always results in a licence disqualification along with a hefty fine. In some situations it can even lead to jail sentences, particularly for repeat or disqualified drivers.
Representing yourself in court can be a very dangerous decision to make. You put yourself at risk of losing your licence for an unnecessarily long period of time and receiving an excessive fine. Potentially, you also put yourself at risk of going to jail.
Hiring an experienced traffic lawyer to represent you in court is the best decision that you will make – read on to discover just some of the reasons why you should hire a lawyer.
We Can Reduce Your Licence Disqualification
If you are convicted of an unlicensed driving offence, you will almost certainly lose your driver’s licence. Depending on the reason why you were unlicensed while driving, you could be disqualified for anywhere between 1 month and 5 years (or even indefinitely). There are no work or hardship licences available during these disqualification periods which means that you will not be able to drive while disqualified for any reason at all.
If your licence is important to you, you want to make sure that you get the shortest disqualifiation period possible so that you can start driving again. This is important not just for your career but also for your family and your social life.
As Queensland’s expert unlicensed driving lawyers, we know what arguments and submissions should be made in court to ensure that you get the shortest disqualification period possible. We also know what steps you should take before court to give yourself the best outcome.
We Can Negotiate Your Police Charge
At Harper Finch Lawyers, we often represent clients who have been charged with the wrong unlicensed driving offence. It may be that the police made a mistake and charged our client with the wrong offence or there may have been an administrative error somewhere along the way.
No matter the reason, we have successfully negotiated unlicensed driving charges on a number of occasions with the result always being a better outcome for our clients.
Unless you know the law inside and out like we do, you won’t know if you’ve been charged with the correct offence or if there’s a more favourable charge that you could plead guilty to.
We Will Look After You From Start to Finish
Going to court for any criminal or traffic offence is a scary experience, particularly when you are facing the loss of your licence or even a jail sentence.
We understand the stress you will be under and we will do everything that we can to make this process as easy as possible for you. We will explain all the steps with you to make sure that you understand what to expect. When we get to court, we will handle everything for you – all you need to do is follow our lead. This means that you won’t need to worry about what to do or say in court.
Once we are finished in court, we will go through the outcome with you in detail to ensure that you understand what the penalty was and what your responsibilities are from that point onwards. If you ever have any questions about your case, we are always available to answer your questions – even if you contact us 5 years later!
We believe that it is our responsibility to not only make sure you get the best outcome possible, but also to make sure that the experience of going to court is as painless as possible.
Contact Harper Finch Lawyers for Expert Representation
If you have been charged with unlicensed driving, you should contact us now for an obligation-free chat. After all, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.