Get expert advice and representation for driving and traffic offences in Victoria
- Driving and traffic charges can range from minor summary offences to more serious indictable crimes
- It’s important to access the proper representation early as driving and traffic offences can lead to large fines, loss of demerit points, loss of licence, or imprisonment
- JDA lawyers are well equipped to represent you in both the Victorian Magistrates’ and County Courts where traffic offences are heard
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Types of Driving and Traffic Offences
There are various types of driving and traffic offences in Victoria which apply to both car drivers and motorcyclists. There are also some specific laws which apply to P plate and Learner drivers.
Penalties for these types of crimes can be:
- The charge being noted on your criminal record
- A fine
- Temporary suspension or permanent disqualification of your licence
- A diversion program
- A community corrections order
- Impoundment of your vehicle
Find out more about some of the major driving and traffic crimes, and visit our Drink Driving page to learn more about this common offence.
The Road Safety Act 1986 and the Road Safety (Drivers) Regulations 2009 outline the penalties for different levels of speeding in Victoria.
Mandatory licence suspensions are listed under these laws and regulations.
Excessive Speeding is considered to be:
- Going over the speed limit by 25 km/h or more
- Driving faster than 130 km/h
Losing your licence for a period of time is likely unavoidable if you are charged with Excessive Speeding.
If you would like to dispute an Excessive Speeding charge, you must submit a written statement within 14 days of finding out about the infringement. You will later need to appear in court, in which case proper legal representation is imperative.
Possible defences for Excessive Speeding include if an emergency necessitated it, such as someone in the car being critically ill.
Running late for work does not constitute an emergency, while being unaware of the speed limit in the area is not a valid defence to Excessive Speeding.
Victoria has specific anti-hooning laws as set out in the Road Safety Act 1986, the Crimes Act 1958, and the Road Safety Rules 2009.
Hooning offences are divided into two types:
Serious type 1 offences include:
- Being caught driving without a valid licence for the second time
- Speeding 70km/h over the speed limit
- Driving 170km/h or more in a 110km/h speed zone
- Reckless driving while being pursued by the police
Less serious type 2 offences include:
- Moderate level speeding: between 45km/h and 70km/h over the speed limit
- Drag racing
- Failing to stop at a tram or train crossing traffic light
- Travelling on a part of the vehicle that is not intended for passengers
The penalties for these crimes can range from short term impoundment of your vehicle to jail time.
The severity of the offence, as well as whether it is your first offence will have a great impact on the punishment.
Access to proper legal representation can help you understand your options and work towards the best outcome for your Hoon Driving charge.
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