We have all heard the message: Don’t Drink and Drive. It is a line that has been delivered to us through a variety of media channels for many years over and over. Unfortunately, drink driving still costs many lives each year across Australia. While new laws aimed at cutting down the incidence of drunken offences in capital cities have been introduced in recent years in a number of high crime areas, the figures for drink driving offences still remain at levels that are unacceptable.
Due in part to the social stigma that drink driving carries and also because of some of the new laws introduced to combat excessive drinking in our cities, Australian courts treat drink driving offences very seriously. If you drink and drive you will face serious consequences in court, even if the crime has not resulted in the death or injury of a third party. All you need to do is go out on any given weekend to see the number of booze buses set up around our cities to understand just how seriously drink driving offences are dealt with, and what the prevailing legal attitude is.
Everyone Deserves the Best Legal Defence
Despite the attitudes towards drink driving and DUI offences, it is incumbent upon lawyers and legal firms to provide the best possible services. Our entire justice system rests on the principle that everyone has the right to legal counsel whatever the offence; and it is important that lawyers conduct themselves professionally even in a drink driving case, no matter how serious the offence.
If you have been convicted of a DUI and face criminal charges, this is what reputable and reliable drink driving lawyers in Sydney can offer you:
- Presentation: A reputable lawyer will be able to present your case in the best way possible. Even for those who have committed DUI offences with serious outcomes, the opportunity to present the best case possible should always be the top priority.
- Legal options: The legal system can be confusing and it is always best to hire a lawyer so that you have access to options. In some cases, a lawyer may be able to successfully persuade the Magistrate to grant a ‘section 10’ for your case. This means that no conviction is recorded and you will be able to retain your license without any other penalties. Clearly this will not apply in all cases, but it is certainly an option for some offenders.
- Minimisation: A reliable lawyer may also be able to persuade the court to minimise any charges even if a ‘section 10’ is not available. This certainly has important ramifications for those who need their license for work purposes. In other cases, a lawyer may be able to help minimise the fine paid, the time that your license is suspended, or avoid a jail term if it applies to the case.
Getting the Best Outcome in Court
Everyone deserves the best legal representation in court. By hiring a reputable legal firm, you have your case presented in the best light possible and have access to legal options that you might otherwise not have had.