Traffic Offences, Work Licences & Special Hardship Orders

      A drivers’ licence is a necessity for most and often something we take for granted.

      Traffic offences can result in having your licence suspended and the impacts are often felt not only by you, but also your family and loved ones.

      Some traffic offences can even result in a term of imprisonment.

      You should contact Connolly Suthers as soon as you are charged with a traffic offence to ensure that your interests are protected.

      By instructing Connolly Suthers you will have the peace of mind knowing that we will appear in court on your behalf and make submissions for a reduction of the penalty that may be imposed.

      Our criminal lawyers are experienced in all areas of traffic offences including:-

      • Speeding
      • Drink driving
      • Driving while disqualified
      • Driving while unlicensed
      • Dangerous driving

      We can also provide you with advice in relation to demerit points, licence disqualification, vehicle impoundment and alcohol interlock devices.


      Work licences and special hardship orders

      If you are charged with an offence which means that you will lose your licence, you may be eligible to make an application for a restricted work licence or a special hardship order.

      The court can allow you to drive for specific purposes at specific times to ensure that you do not lose your employment or to ensure that you do not suffer severe and unusual hardship as a result of losing your licence.


      What is the difference between applying for a special hardship order and a restricted work licence?

      An application for a restricted work licence can be made when a person has been dealt with by the court for drink driving where their blood alcohol concentration is more than the low range limit but less than the high range limit. If successful, you will be granted a restricted licence purely for the purpose of earning a living.

      An application for a special hardship order can be made after your licence is suspended because of a breach of good driving behaviour period or after an offence of high level speeding. You can make an application for a special hardship order not only in relation to requiring a vehicle to earn a living, but also if you will suffer severe and unusual hardship as a result of losing your licence.

      Anyone can make an application for a work licence or a special hardship order but the legislation imposes specific criteria that must be met for someone to be successful.

      It is important that you engage a lawyer to draft the necessary documents for an application for a work licence or special hardship order to ensure that you do not lose your job or suffer any hardship.

      At Connolly Suthers, we have experience in applications for both work licences and applications for special hardship orders.

      For advice on Criminal Law matters and Traffic Offences, Work Licences & Special Hardship Orders, please call or email:


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