The Brisbane Drink Driving Lawyer team achieved an excellent outcome at Ipswich 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 had previously been charged with High Range DUI Drink Driving, and had 6 prior drug possession and drug related charges on their criminal history.
Our client was eligible to apply for a Drug Driving Work Licence, given their previous DUI Drink Driving charge was more than 5 years ago, given they held an open Queensland licence, and given the had not previously lost their licence within the last 5 years.
However, for their own reasons, they chose not to apply.
Our client faced up to a 9 month licence disqualification.
Given our client's employment, they obviously 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.