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A celebration of Origin: Alcohol Ignition Interlock in New South Wales and Queensland

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June 20, 2016

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This second article in our ‘State of Origin’ series will explain the way in which mandatory Alcohol Ignition Interlock (“Interlock”) requirements operate between New South Wales and Queensland. This topic will pose the question ‘If I travel interstate to watch the Origin, what happens to my Interlock requirement?’ Alcohol Ignition Interlock It is the law in New South Wales as well as in Queensland that a person whose driver licence is disqualified by a court for certain drink driving offences, must be subject to a mandatory Interlock requirement after they are […]


New Plan For Criminal Infringement Notices In The Act

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May 15, 2016

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A new proposal as part of an ACT Discussion paper may see Police given the power to issue Criminal Infringement Notices (CIN) for level two drink driving offences. You can be charged with a level two PCA, commonly known as drink driving, if you are the driver of a vehicle and your blood alcohol concentration is between 0.05 and 0.079. The proposal outlines if you are a first offender charged with this offence, you may be given a CIN that includes a fine, demerit points, and a default disqualification period. The […]


Drink Driving Acts with Kids in the Car

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May 8, 2016

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In recent years the NSW Local Courts have had a particular focus on people who commit Drink Driving acts with children in their car. The entire judicial system has long frowned on people who put not only their own lives at risk, but also the lives of their children, by driving a vehicle with alcohol in their system and children in the backseat. In 2011 the law was amended so that the courts were compelled to regard having children in your car as an aggravating feature while you drove drunk. This […]


Written Notice of Pleading

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May 11, 2015

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Police officers issue offenders with Written Notice of Pleading forms for certain offences. The little yellow slip is routinely given to offenders charged with possess prohibited drug, drink driving offences, less serious assaults or other traffic offences. Written Notices of Pleading are forms that people charged with offences can send to the court instead of having to attend in person. Essentially, the form asks a person to indicate to the court whether they are pleading guilty or not guilty and provide the court with further information about their matter. If a […]

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