What Can I Do To Get The Best Result?
- Complete a Traffic Offender program
- Obtain effective character references
- Engage Armstrong Legal to act for you
- Receive alcohol counselling if you have an alcohol problem
- Seek an order from the court for an Interlock device licence
Complete a Traffic Offender Program
Completing a Traffic Offender Program demonstrates to the magistrate that you are serious about improving your driving behaviour. The Traffic Offenders Program is designed to increase peoples understanding of their social obligations, particularly where they relate to traffic laws. When sentencing a traffic offender, a magistrate may take into account any changes of attitude displayed since you attended the traffic offender program.
The course is for normally 7 or 8 weeks, one day per week for approximately 2 hours.
|Download a fact sheet on when & where the programs are run throughout NSW.|
Obtain Effective Character References
It is our experience that a well drafted court character reference can have an impact upon the sentence that is imposed by the court. We believe that a court character reference must paint a picture of your character. If your character references don’t help you stand out from the other offenders in court then you will be dealt with just like all the other cases.
Most court character references make statements like this “James Brown is hardworking, energetic and generous with his time and money”. We believe that these references have very little impact upon the sentence imposed by the Court. As some Magistrate’s comment I have never read a bad character reference. But by the use of examples, illustrations and stories a referee can bring your character to life.
|Download a guide on how to write an effective character reference.|
Engage Armstrong Legal to Act For You
Armstrong Legal has a team of 7 lawyers who specialise in representing clients charged with drink driving. These lawyers appear daily before the Local Courts in New South Wales. The team includes a lecturer at the Traffic offender program and an ex barrister with 25 years experience.
What this means for you:
- Your lawyer will know the Magistrate and how best to approach them;
- Your lawyer has specialist knowledge as to what penalties and orders to ask for;
- Your lawyer knows what to say and more importantly what not to say.
Receive Alcohol Counselling if You Have an Alcohol Problem
It is common practise where an offender has a number of alcohol related offences on their record for a Magistrate to question the offender as to whether they have an alcohol problem. If you do have an alcohol problem it is wise to have alcohol counselling to help you abstain from alcohol or reduce your alcohol intake. Under the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act the court must take into account your attempts to rehabilitate yourself when imposing a sentence.
Alcohol Interlock Device Program
The Alcohol Interlock Program is designed to enable convicted drink drivers to continue to legally drive after serving a short period of disqualification. The exact period of disqualification depends upon the offence charged
It also addresses underlying alcohol abuse issues through its requirement that the offender attends a mandatory brief medical consultation to discuss alcohol issues before the Interlock Driver Licence is issued.
How Does the Interlock Device Work?
The electronic breath testing device is wired to the ignition of a car to prevent the car from being started unless the driver passes a breath test. To reduce the potential for a bystander to start the car the interlock device is programmed to require retests to be taken at random intervals. Should a driver fail a retest the interlock device is programmed to sound an alarm of horn and lights until the ignition is turned off. A breath test is then required to start the car.
|Download a fact sheet on the Interlock device program.|
WHERE TO NEXT?
In NSW, traffic offences are treated seriously. Therefore, it is important to get competent legal advice as early as possible, whether you have received a penalty notice, had your licence suspended or been charged with a serious offence. Our lawyers are highly experienced and understand the difficulties you face without a licence. We can guide you through the process while dealing with the various authorities related to your matter.