Traffic Offence Lawyers Perth

At Mark Andrews Legal, our team of dedicated lawyers have many years of experience in handling all types of traffic offence convictions including:

  • Drink driving
  • Drug driving
  • Driving with a suspended licence
  • Dangerous and reckless driving
  • Driving causing death or bodily harm.

Traffic offences can attract penalties including, large fines, the cancellation of your licence and even imprisonment. Engaging an experienced traffic lawyer to act on your behalf is vital to ensure you receive the best advice and legal representation.

Types of Traffic Offences

Driving Under Disqualification (No Authority to Drive) - If you have been charged with driving under disqualification, we can assist. Click the ‘contact us’ tab to book a free initial consultation. We provide clear and informative legal advice, forceful representation and our fees are highly competitive.

Dangerous Driving and Reckless Driving - If you have been charged with Dangerous Driving or Reckless Driving we can assist. Click the ‘contact us’ tab to book a free initial consultation. We provide clear and informative legal advice, forceful representation and our fees are highly competitive.

Dangerous or Reckless Driving to Escape Pursuit by Police - If you have been charged with Dangerous Driving to scape Pursuit by Police or Reckless Driving to Escape Pursuit by Police we can assist. Click the ‘contact us’ tab to book a free initial consultation. We provide clear and informative legal advice, forceful representation and our fees are highly competitive.

Using a Mobile Phone While Driving - If you have been issued with an infringement for with using a mobile phone while driving we can assist. Click the ‘contact us’ tab to book a free initial consultation. We provide clear and informative legal advice, forceful representation and our fees are highly competitive.

Speeding - If you have been issued with a speeding infringement which you wish to query or dispute, we can assist. Click the ‘contact us’ tab to book a free initial consultation. We provide clear and informative legal advice, forceful representation and our fees are highly competitive.

Contravening a Red Light– If you have been charged with contravening a red traffic control signal, we can assist. Click the ‘contact us’ tab to book a free initial consultation. We provide clear and informative legal advice, forceful representation and our fees are highly competitive.

Extraordinary Drivers Licences – We can assist you with your application for an Extraordinary Driver’s Licence. Click the ‘contact us’ tab to book a free initial consultation. We provide clear and informative legal advice, forceful representation and our fees are highly competitive.

Vehicle Confiscation – We can assist you to defend the confiscation of your vehicle. Click the ‘contact us’ tab to book a free initial consultation. We provide clear and informative legal advice, forceful representation and our fees are highly competitive.

Reckless or Dangerous Driving

In Western Australia, the terms dangerous and reckless driving are used interchangeably and can sometimes be difficult to distinguish the difference. Dangerous driving is defined as handling a motor vehicle in a manner (including speed) that is, having regard to all the circumstances of the case, dangerous to the public or to any person.

The term ‘dangerous’ is defined as ‘able or likely to cause harm or injury’. When assessing such instances as to whether the driving is ‘dangerous’, it must be considered through the eyes of a ‘reasonable person’. A reasonable person is someone who exercises the appropriate care, skill and judgment in his or her actions by the standards of their community.

Reckless driving, also known as ‘hoon driving’, is wilfully driving at a high speed that is inherently dangerous to any person or public. This includes:

  • Intentionally causing tyres to lose traction.
  • Causing a vehicle to make excessive noise or smoke.
  • Exceeding the speed limit by 45 km/h or more.
  • Driving a motor vehicle at or over 155km/h.
  • Engaging in a race or speed trial on a public road or in a public space.
  • The vehicle being driven is automatically impounded by police.

Penalties for reckless driving;

  • First offence - licence disqualification for a minimum of 6 months and a fine of up to 120 Penalty Units ($6,000) or imprisonment for 9 months.
  • Second offence - licence disqualification for a minimum of 12 months and a fine of up to 180 Penalty Units ($9,000) or imprisonment for 9 months.
  • Third Offence - permanent licence disqualification and a fine of up to 240 Penalty Units ($12,000) or imprisonment for 12 months.

Penalties for dangerous driving:

  • First Offence: maximum fine of 60 Penalty Units ($3,000)
  • Subsequent Offences: 120 Penalty Units ($6,000) or imprisonment for 9 months as well as a licence disqualification for a minimum of 12 months.

Process if You Are Charged with Dangerous or Reckless Driving

If you are charged with either dangerous or reckless driving, you will be summonsed to attend court. If you are charged with reckless driving, police may impound your vehicle under hoon legislation. When you attend court, you will be required to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty to the charge. If you enter a plea of guilty, the court will proceed to sentencing. If you plead not guilty, the court will list the matter for trial. At the trial, the prosecution will call evidence from their witnesses, including the police. You will also have the opportunity to give evidence and to call witnesses.

Extraordinary Drivers Licence Applications in WA

An extraordinary drivers licence (EDL) can allow a person who has been disqualified from driving from the court to drive under special circumstances.
Our traffic lawyers at Mark Andrews Legal are highly experienced in dealing with extraordinary licence cases in WA, and will assist with the process and application as well as represent you in court to obtain an EDL.

Reasons why a court would give an EDL:

  • You or a family member will be unable to get urgent medical treatment for an existing illness, disease or disability.
  • It will take away the main source of earning money and cause an undue financial burden on you or your family.
  • You or someone in your family has no other practicable means of transport for getting to and from work.

What conditions might be included to the EDL:

  • Days and hours which you can drive.
  • Reason for which you can drive (for example: work or medical reasons).
  • Location where you can drive.
  • Vehicle/s you can drive.
  • Keeping a logbook of all the times you drive under your EDL.

If you’re looking for professional and skilled traffic offence and extraordinary licence lawyers in Perth, WA, look no further than Mark Andrews Legal. Contact us today if you have been charged with a traffic offence and need assistance.

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