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I appeared at Pine Rivers Magistrates Court again this morning, representing a client charged with Drink Driving, with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.065.

My client had not previously lost their licence within the 5 years prior.

My client was therefore eligible to apply for a Work Licence, and that is what I was instructed to do.

My client’s role required that they attend locations not properly serviced by public transport, or at all.

My client faced a maximum penalty of a lifetime driver's licence disqualification, 3 months imprisonment and 14 penalty units.

Magistrates have a general power to impose up to a lifetime driver’s licence disqualification, above and beyond any legislated disqualification ranges.

A penalty unit in Queensland is currently valued at $113.85.

Further, persons who plead or are found guilty in the Magistrates Court must pay the Offender Levy, which is presently worth $110.90.

I drafted a 10 page Affidavit in support of my client’s DUI Work Licence application.

I covered a number of matters in the Affidavit materials, including the financial liabilities which would not be met if my client lost their income.

I also drafted an Affidavit for my client's employer to sign.

I had my client attend a reformatory course which went some way to show the Magistrate that my client had educated themselves on the error of their ways.

I also made detailed and comprehensive verbal submissions to the Magistrate covering a number of key aspects.

I was able to persuade the Magistrate to grant my client’s DUI Drink Driving Work Licence application.

The Work Licence order overlaps the disqualification period, allowing my client to continue driving for work purposes only, 24 hours per day 7 days per week.

So for work purposes, my client effectively has not lost their licence.

My client was very happy with the outcome.

Wiseman Lawyers specialise in DUI Drink Driving and Traffic Law.


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I appeared at Pine Rivers Magistrates Court again this morning to represent a client charged with Drug Driving, otherwise known as Driving While Relevant Drug Is Present.

My client was found to have Cannabis in their system.

My client was a first time offender.

My client did not apply for a Drug Driving Work Licence.

Accordingly, my role was one of getting the disqualification down as low as possible.

My client faced a maximum penalty for their Drug Driving offence of a lifetime driver’s licence disqualification, 3 months imprisonment and 14 penalty units.

Magistrates have a general power to impose up to a lifetime driver’s licence disqualification, above and beyond any legislated disqualification ranges.

A penalty unit in Queensland is currently valued at $113.85.

Further, persons who plead or are found guilty in the Magistrates Court must pay the Offender Levy, which is presently worth $110.90.

I made detailed and comprehensive verbal submissions to the Magistrate covering a number of key aspects, including why I believed it was appropriate for a conviction not to be recorded.

I was able to persuade the Magistrate that a licence disqualification of no more than the Mandatory Minimum was appropriate.

My client received a 1 month driver’s licence disqualification, a modest fine and No Conviction Recorded.

My client was extremely happy.

Drug Driving is a serious offence.

Wiseman Lawyers specialise in Drug Driving, DUI Drink Driving and Traffic Law.

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