Traffic offences

If you have been charged with an offence related to cars or driving, you may want to know how serious your situation is and whether you should get legal advice.

There can be serious consequences if you commit a traffic offence. The most common penalty is a fine and disqualification of your licence for a certain period. For some offences, the court must disqualify your licence for a minimum period. You can also go to prison for some driving offences.

This section has information to help you find out:

  • what to do if you are charged with a traffic offence in the Magistrates Court
  • what offences involve driving after consuming alcohol or illegal drugs
  • the powers of police to investigate traffic offences, and
  • the penalties that can be imposed if you are convicted.


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