If you have accumulated demerit points while on a 12-month good driving behaviour period or been fined for driving 40 km/h over the speed limit, then you may wish to apply for a work licence.
A work licence allows you to continue to drive for work purposes during your suspension.
Applying for a work licence is a simple process with many benefits. There are certain criteria which you must satisfy in order to successfully obtain a work licence.
17 Years of Experience in Traffic Law on Your Side
Traffic offences may seem minor compared to other matters appearing before the courts. However, the impact of losing your driver’s licence can be significant, especially if you need your licence for employment.
Our solicitors have represented clients for work licenses and traffic offences over the last 17 years. We regularly appear in Magistrates Courts throughout South East Queensland to assist our clients to obtain work licences.
Our success rate with work licence applications is virtually 100%. In 17 years, we have only had one work licence application that has not been successful.
We will tell you if we believe you will not be successful in applying for a work licence.
When it comes to traffic offences, our proven track record of delivering results and hands-on approach means that you have the best chance of achieving a good outcome.
We offer you the following benefits:
A special hardship work licence arises from 2 situations:
Although most of the process to apply for a special hardship work licence is similar to applying for a work licence due to drink driving or drug driving, the initial steps here are different.
We strongly recommend that you obtain advice regarding the initial steps. What you do at this early stage will determine whether you can apply for a work licence.
You will receive an Infringement Notice from Queensland Transport regarding the offence. It is important that you decide on the options available to you in the Infringement Notice and act within the timeframe provided. We recommend delivering the infringement notice to Queensland Transport and confirming your contact details with Queensland Transport are current.
The following steps are required for a special hardship order (work licence):
We recommend that you obtain a copy of your full traffic history. This is to ensure that there are no disqualifying factors recorded in your traffic history that would prevent you from applying for a work licence.
Your traffic history will also be used to prepare your court documents and court representation.
An application for a work licence involves the preparation of the following court documents:
In addition to the above essential documents it is recommended that you also take the following steps:
The character references must contain the following information:
Not all traffic offences require a solicitor for court representation.
If you choose to represent yourself, you should at the very least:
However, there are situations where knowledge of the traffic law and the court process could mean the difference between having a driver’s licence and not.
There are some situations which will disqualify you from being able to apply for a work licence.
You are not eligible to apply if, within the last 5 years before making the application:
In order to be successful in applying for a special hardship work licence you must prove to the court that:
When charged with a traffic offence, it is important to obtain legal representation as soon as possible to find out your rights and obligations. In order to exercise your rights you must meet the strict requirements of the law and must do so within a specified timeframe.
There are situations where you may be able to make written submissions to the prosecutor to consider reducing or withdrawing the charge against you. This must however be done in a timely manner.
Freeman Lawyers will guide you through each step of applying for a work licence or entering a plea to a drink or drug driving charge.
We will clearly advise you of the options available to you so that you can make an informed decision. We are proactive in our approach and will take all steps necessary to obtain the best possible outcome for you.
An initial consultation in person with one of our solicitors at our Woolloongabba office or Beenleigh office is fixed at $165. During your consultation you will find out:
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