Judge and gavel

Offender Levy

The Offender Levy is a fee payable on sentence.  The Offender Levy is used to help pay for the costs associated with Court. Every adult sentenced in Queensland must pay the Offender Levy.  You are not able to appeal the imposition of the Offender Levy, as it is a mandatory l…
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Police with radar catching people speeding

How do I dispute a
traffic fine?

What is an Infringement Notice (or fine)? Infringement Notices are tickets issued for particular offences.  An Infringement Notice is commonly referred to as a fine.  Common offences for which a fine is issued include:- speeding; running a red light; toll evasion; a…
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I’ve Been Caught Hooning –
can my car be seized?

I’ve been caught hooning, what can I be charged with? Hooning is a broadly used term to describe anti-social behaviour while driving, such as speeding, burnouts and street racing.  There are a number of offences that may result from hooning behaviours, includi…
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Speeding car

High Speed Driving
Offences in Queensland

High speed driving offences carry serious penalties in Queensland. What is a high speed offence? You may be charged with speeding if you exceed the speed limit allocated to a given area.  However, if you exceed the speed limit by more than 40km an hour, you may be charged…
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Drug Driving

In Queensland, there are two offences relating to driving with drugs in your system. The offences are:- Driving with a relevant drug in your system; and Driving under the influence of a drug. Both offences carry significant penalties and mandatory periods of disquali…
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Dangerous Driving

Dangerous Driving
and Careless Driving

Dangerous Driving It is an offence to drive a motor vehicle in a dangerous manner. Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle is a criminal offence, as opposed to a traffic offence. Therefore, a conviction may be recorded on your criminal history should you be convicted of t…
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Police car chase

Failing to Stop
(Evading Police)

If you are directed by a police officer to stop your vehicle, you must do so as soon as reasonably practical. It is an offence to evade police by failing to stop your motor vehicle. There are significant penalties for failing to stop, which include a large fine or period of i…
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Girl caught by police handing over keys

Driving without a Licence

What is unlicensed driving? In Queensland it is an offence to drive without holding a valid driver licence.  This offence is referred to as unlicensed driving.  Usually unlicensed driving occurs where a person has had their licence suspended due to the accumulation o…
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Alcohol Ignition Interlock Program

What is an Alcohol Ignition Interlock? An Alcohol Ignition Interlock (‘Interlock’) is a device that is installed in a vehicle to prevent a person driving while under the influence of alcohol. An Interlock requires the driver of a vehicle to record a zero blood alcohol c…
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Alcoholic Drink and Car Keys Under Spot Light.

Drink Driving: Penalties
& Disqualification Periods

Do I have to go to Court? If you have been charged with drink driving, you will likely be issued a Notice to Appear by the Queensland Police Service.  You must attend Court on the date provided on the Notice to Appear.  Failure to appear at Court is an offence, and a warrant ma…
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