If the traffic offence is serious, you will not receive an infringement and the case will be heard in the Magistrates’ Court. These offences may include:

  • Drink/ drug driving charges;
  • driving while suspended;
  • excessive speeding; and
  • dangerous driving.

In case you plead guilty or found guilty of a traffic offence the magistrate decides which penalties to give you depending on the nature of the offence. You may also get a number of different penalties.

The law is getting tougher on drink driving cases. All drivers caught drink driving have to complete a behaviour change program before they can apply for another licence.

When making decisions about what penalty should be given, the magistrate looks at:

  • Seriousness of the offence;
  • Prior similar offences where you were found guilty; and
  • Current circumstances in your life – you need the car to help your family.

It is important to note that what happens in court goes into your criminal record. This includes:

  • Guilt foundation;
  • Penalties; and
  • And a conviction, if found.

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