The Brisbane Drink Driving Lawyer team achieved an excellent outcome at Gatton Magistrates Court recently.
Our client was charged with Drug Driving, otherwise known as Drive Whilst Relevant Drug Present, after having tested positive for Cannabis.
Our client was not eligible to apply for a Drug Driving Work Licence, given they had previously lost their licence due to a Queensland Transport Demerit Point Suspension within the last 5 years.
To be eligible to apply for a Drug Driving Work Licence, you can't have previously lost your licence for any reason within the last 5 years, you must be the holder of an open Queensland licence, you must have been charged with Relevant Drug Present as opposed to Under the Influence of a Drug, and you can't have been driving for work purposes when intercepted.
Our client faced up to a 9 month licence disqualification.
Given our client's employment, they held grave concerns with regard to the length of the licence disqualification.
We made forceful verbal submissions on this issue to the Magistrate.
We achieved the Mandatory Minimum 1 month licence disqualification and a modest fine for our client.
In Queensland, first time Drug Driving offences carry a licence disqualification range from a minimum 1 month to a maximum 9 month loss of licence.
With a previous Drug or Drink Driving conviction within the last 5 years, which was not the case with our client, the penalty range, depending upon the previous reading, ranges from a minimum 3 months if the previous was low or mid range, through to a minimum 12 months if there is multiple previous in that time frame, with a maximum lifetime loss of licence if the previous is a high range.