FAQs – NSW DUI Information

NSW DUI Information

Prices

Q. How do we charge for representing clients on traffic offences?
A. It’s very simple, we have decided to offer clients the ability to choose to engage our legal representation on a Fixed Fee basis or on an hourly basis.

From our experience we note that clients find the Fixed Fee the better option as they know exactly what costs they will be in for from the outset of their matter. Also our Fixed Fee costs are generally lower than costs that we charge on an hourly basis.

We do require that our Fixed Fee costs are paid prior to attendance at court and for this reason we are happy to offer clients this type of payment structure.

Any additional charges for toxocology certificates, psychiatrists reports, barrister fee etc will be charged in addition to the fixed fee amount.

 

Q. What are your costs?

A. Please click through to our Costs page.

 

Courts we attend

Q. What courts do you attend?
A. We are currently set up to attend nearly all courts in Sydney and surrounding suburbs including the following:

Q. I’m am required to appear in a NSW regional court, can you represent me?
A. Please contact us immediately and we can advise you whether or not we are able to appear on your behalf. If we are unable to attend we can certainly provide you with contact details of a lawyer who can help you in your area.

Q. Do you appear in courts in Northern NSW?
A. We do appear in Northern NSW court, however please contact us immediately so that we can advise you of our availability.

 

Our Process

Q.  Won’t I need to meet with you before the court date?
A. Yes it is preferrable that we do meet with you prior to your court hearing, however if you are unable to make it into see us in the City then we can speak with you over the telephone and obtain relevant information from you via email. If we do need to meet before the court date we can arrange a meeting at no extra charge.

Q.  Do I need to get a lawyer?
A.  This is a question that is very commonly asked and our standard response is that you have the option to choose a lawyer to act on your behalf or represent yourself. By engaging the services of a professional lawyer you will be sure that all available legal avenues will be explored in order to dimiss your offence or minimise your offence as much as possible. For more serious offences it is highly recommended that you do engage a lawyer since some offences carry terms of imprisonment and your freedom could be at stake.

In addition to this you livelihood could very well be at stake if your drivers licence is taken away from you, therefore seeking professional legal advice is highly recommendd before you attend court.

Our initial analysis of your case is free and with no obligation so just contact us, we will get all your relevant documents from the police and let you know what we think the court will do, if you engage us great, if you choose not to engage us then at least you will have a better idea what will happen in court.

Q. I have a traffic matter but I’m not sure if anyone can help?
A. Just call or email us, we will let you know if there are any legal options.

 

General

Q. Where do I find the law relating to traffic law in New South Wales?
A. The majority of the rules concerning traffic offences can be found in the Road Transport (Safety & Traffic Management ) Act 1999 and its associated legislation and regulations.

Q.  Do you do legal aid matters?
A. No

Q. Will my traffic history be presented to the Court?
A. Yes the police prosecutor will make availably a copy of your most recent traffic history to the Magistrate and your history will be taken on board when dealing with the offence that you are before the court on.

 

Drink Driving

Q. I could not complete the breath test because of a medical condition but I have still been charged by the police, do I have a defence?
A. Possibly, if you can demonstrate to the court that the medical condition prevented you providing a specimen of breath.

Q. What are the potential penalties for a first offence of drink driving
A.

Offence Maximum fine Maximum jail Automatic disqualification
Novice range PCA (.00 –.019) $1,100 Nil 6 months
Special range PCA (.02 – .049) $1,100 Nil 6 months
Low range PCA (.050 – .079) $1,100 Nil 6 months
Mid range PCA (.080 – .149) $2,200 9 months 12 months
High range PCA (over . 150) $3,300 18 months 3 years
Driving under the influence (DUI) $2,200 9 months 12 months
Refuse breath analysis $3,300 18 months 3 years
Willfully alter blood concentration $3,300 18 months 3 years
Refuse breath test $1,100 Nil 6 months

Second and third drink driving offence will attract higher penalties and in certain cases jail.

Q. I’ve been booked for drink driving, can I apply for a work licence?

A. No. Work or Day Licences do not exist in New South Wales like they do in Queensland. The only way to continue driving a vehicle after you have been charged with such an offence is to successfully obtain what is known as a “Section 10” dismissal which are generally only handed down under very special circumstances.

Drug Driving


Q.  What drugs do the police test for?
A. Roadside drug tests can detect the presence of:

  • Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active component of cannabis.
  • Methylamphetamine (‘ice’, ‘speed’, ‘crystal meth’ ‘base’ etc).
  • Methylenedioxymethylamphetamine (MDMA or ‘ecstasy’).

Also known as Cannabis, speed, ice and ecstasy.  In certain circumstances blood tests may be taken for other drugs.

Q. I’ve been booked for drug driving, can I apply for a work licence?

A. No. Work or Day Licences do not exist in New South Wales like they do in Queensland. The only way to continue driving a vehicle after you have been charged with such an offence is to successfully obtain what is known as a “Section 10” dismissal which are generally only handed down under very special circumstances.

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Sydney DUI Lawyers are here to help you through any drink driving, drug driving, DUI, unlicensed driving, disqualified driving, dangerous driving, careless driving, hooning or any other traffic matter that you may have in Sydney or the surrounding suburbs. We offer professional services with very competitive fixed fee prices and do not charge for travel. We will devise a strategic plan to help you through the legal process in order to reduce your penalties or get the best possible outcome for you.

We are available to appear at the following Sydney local courts – Balmain Court, Bankstown Court, Blacktown Court, Burwood Court, Central Bail Court, Downing Centre Local Court,Fairfield Court, Kogarah Court, Liverpool Court, Manly Court, Newtown Court, North Sydney, Parramatta Court, Ryde Court, Sutherland Court and Waverley Court.

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1405 The Chambers
370 Pitt Street
Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 9283 8622

Email: jaboorman@beazleysingleton.com.au

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