Offences related to driving are some of the most common that can result in charges. They can range in severity depending on the offence and magistrates and courts often have little leeway to vary sentences as penalties are mandated under legislation.
Serious driving offences can be criminal matters that result in severe consequences if proven. Most often, if convicted, the offender will lose their licence and pay a hefty fine.
There are many factors involved when assessing a driving charge for penalty. Age, circumstances, number of offences, driving record, character, the seriousness of the offence, livelihood, family and carer situations and other factors can be a considered in determining the end result. Many of the decisions made by magistrates can be influenced by the correct presentation of factors that mitigate the penalty. In some instances you may be found guilty, but the court can discharge you without recording a conviction or the loss of your licence.
Baldock Stacy & Niven can identify the options, likely outcomes and prepare a defense to fight a charge or help reduce the likely penalty that can be received.
Drink driving is a complex area with many variables and it is most important to contact a solicitor for advice as soon as possible—even if you are not contesting the charge.
Drink driving charges should not be under-estimated. They can result in severe penalties—loss of licence, hefty fines, a criminal record and in some instances a gaol sentence.
There are many pre-determined penalties legislated for drink driving charges—first time offender vs multilple, blood alcohol level (low, mid or high range), age, the type of licence and driving record are all taken into account to determine the penalty.
There is another range of factors, that if presented correctly, can also influence the resulting penalty. The court can take into account a person’s character, age, health, the circumstances of and around the offence and any other factor it thinks appropriate like family dependants or carer situations.
Baldock Stacy & Niven work hard in these areas to reduce the penalty as much as possible and in some instances, even avoid a conviction. If you are contesting the charge BS&N’s detailed preparation and courtroom experience will present a strong defense and maximise your chances of the right outcome.
If you have been charged with a serious driving offence get the right help by contacting BS&N.