Legal assistance with drivers license appeals in Adelaide

If you are convicted of an offence with a mandatory loss of driver’s licence then demerit points apply. If the accrual of those points breaches the maximum you may lose your licence for a further period, which usually commences at the completion of the mandatory disqualification.

At Woods & Co Lawyers, our experience in dealing with demerit points and knowing that application will benefit you is a significant advantage. The law in this area is quite complex and we are widely regarded as leaders in our field. Again you can see that we may be able to assist you greatly in preserving your licence along the way or by preventing its cancellation.

Can I keep my driver’s licence – appeals/demerit points?

Some offences such as drink driving and dangerous speeding carry a minimum loss of licence. That cannot usually be avoided unless you are found not guilty or there is evidence your offence was a first offence and was trifling. There are lots of other offences that carry a mandatory loss of licence. In fact, the court can disqualify you from holding or obtaining a licence for many Traffic offences. There are many ways we as Traffic Law specialists can help you in this regard.

Even if there is a mandatory loss of licence, most traffic offences carry with them demerit points. If the offence is trifling, or there is other proper cause (relating to the offence) then sometimes those points can be reduced. This can only be done presently in a court setting and requires an election to be prosecuted to be sent back in time. If you proceed in this manner, then there is a court record (as opposed to a traffic infringement record) and you are usually out of pocket. However, we are often successful in reducing demerit points that can assist you greatly.

If you accrue more than the applicable demerit points stipulated for your class of driver’s licence then an appeal may be available if you have not had one in the last 5 years and hold a probationary or provisional licence. If you are a full licence holder and elected for the bond, then you are subject to double the disqualification if the breaching offence is proven and if the demerit points cannot be reduced.

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Frequently Asked Drivers License Appeal Questions

How will I be notified if I breach the conditions of my permit/licence?

If your permit or licence is cancelled for breaching conditions, you will receive a notice from the Registrar of Motor Vehicles cancelling the permit/ licence.

What is the penalty for breach of conditions?

If an appeal is not lodged a disqualification period of 6 months applies.

Can I drive while waiting for the appeal to be heard?

If a Drivers license appeal is lodged before the cancellation of the licence takes effect, you can continue to drive until the appeal is heard. If you surrender your licence before the appeal is lodged, you cannot drive. However, once the appeal is lodged, you can drive again until the appeal is heard as the disqualification is suspended until the appeal is either decided or withdrawn.

Can learner drivers appeal disqualification?

Drivers disqualified while holding a Learner’s Permit cannot appeal.

Losing your licence (disqualification)

The following offences may result in you being disqualified from driving:

  • accumulating 12 or more demerit points
  • accumulating 4 or more demerit points on your learner’s permit or provisional licence
  • accumulating 2 or more demerit points on your probationary licence
  • breaching a good behaviour condition on your licence
  • breaching a safer driver agreement on your provisional licence
  • breaching a condition of your learner’s permit, provisional licence or probationary licence
  • any drug driving offence
  • drink driving – exceeding blood alcohol concentration
  • failing to pay outstanding fines
  • being convicted in a court of a graffiti offence
  • You will lose your licence immediately, if you are caught drink driving (.08 or higher), refusing or failing to comply with a breath test, blood test, drug test or speeding excessively (i.e. 45 km/h or more over the speed limit).

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