Many people consider they have only committed a traffic offence. However, the law does not distinguish between traffic offences and criminal offences. Many traffic related matters can have serious consequences for all of society. Terms of imprisonment are becoming more common where the offence is aggravated. If you are involved in a chase, race or pursuit then the prosecution are commonly asking for significant penalties such as imprisonment. Charges that are more criminal in nature are more commonly pursued. It is important you seek advice from one of our eager and competent criminal and traffic lawyers.
One area that is constantly in the media is the issue of ‘hoon driving’. Some years ago a person who did a burnout would have been charged with driving a motor vehicle while emitting undue noise or smoke. It was a relatively minor matter and often dealt with by way of a fine. More recently, police started charging offenders with driving in a manner dangerous to the public that attracts a loss of licence for at least 12 months.