Why should I choose Just Traffic Law?
The Just Traffic Law team has extensive knowledge of Traffic Law in New South Wales and is dedicated to achieving the best possible outcome for your individual case. Appreciating how daunting it can be for you to deal with the law, our team will provide you with a high level of service and guide you through every step of the legal process.
Professional, approachable and friendly, we are available to answer enquiries at all times and guarantee to keep you fully informed about your case at each stage. We will work tirelessly and exhaust every possible avenue to ensure a positive result for you.
Where is Just Traffic Law based and which areas of Sydney are covered?
Our Sydney CBD office is based at:
Level 1, 299 Elizabeth Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Ph: 02 8251 0038
Our team covers all Sydney and metropolitan courts (including Sutherland, Campbelltown, Penrith and Parramatta), as well as courts in country NSW (including Gosford and Wollongong).
Can Just Traffic Law help me apply for Legal Aid?
Yes, we can advise on your eligibility for Legal Aid and can apply on your behalf. We are able to represent legally aided clients in the Supreme Court, the Court of Criminal Appeal and the NSW District Court. Please contact us for more information on who can apply.
Please note that Legal Aid only funds matters in the Local Court, where there is a risk of custody if convicted.
What fees can I expect to pay, and does Just Traffic Law offer fixed-fee agreements?
Our fees are reasonable and competitive, and we are always open to discussing a fixed fee for your matter. If a fixed fee is not appropriate for your case, we will provide you with a detailed cost agreement that outlines all potential costs, and we will minimise fees where possible. Our estimates will be updated if necessary so that you will never be surprised by unexpected costs.
What can I expect to happen if my matter goes to court?
You will appear before a judge or magistrate, where you will have the opportunity to present your case and, where relevant, apply for conditional bail. It is up to the court’s discretion to grant conditional bail and the decision will be based on the severity of your case.
When bail is not applicable you can expect to go to court for a mention, followed by a further date for sentence or hearing of your matter.
What can I expect to happen if I get a criminal record?
A criminal conviction affects you and the people around you and can impact on your future employment, as many jobs require police checks as part of the recruitment process. Your eligibility to travel may also be affected – all countries have the right to deny you entry based on your criminal record and the severity of your conviction.
Is there any way of avoiding a criminal record?
Yes, there is. In all NSW criminal cases where the defendant pleads guilty, the court has the discretion to apply a Section 10 dismissal rather than imposing a penalty and recording a conviction.
‘Section 10’ refers to section 10 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999, which allows a court that finds you guilty of an offence to discharge you without recording a conviction. As there is no conviction, there is no criminal record. This also means no loss of your driver’s license or any other penalty.
You may receive one of three types of Section 10:
- Section 10 dismissal – Section 10(1)(a): This is where the court dismisses the offence without any conditions at all.
- Conditional dismissal with a good behaviour bond – Section 10(1)(b): A court may dismiss a charge under Section 10 but decide to also put you on a good behaviour bond, which can last for a maximum of two years. This bond may have a number of conditions that you must abide by in order to avoid having a different sentence for the offence applied.
- Conditional dismissal with a rehabilitation course – Section 10(1)(c): In this instance the Section 10 is conditional on you entering a program relevant to your case, such as the Traffic Offenders program. You must successfully complete the program and comply with and action plan arising from your participation in the program.
What is a character reference, and do I need one?
A character reference is a written document that outlines your specific character traits and is presented to the court during the sentencing process. This can assist the court in appreciating your unique situation and the context in which you may have committed an offence, and may impact on the penalty you are given.
Examples of people that can provide a character reference for you include:
- Anyone who knows you well and is of good character themselves (that is, they do not have a criminal history)
- A past or present employer
- An old family friend
- A family member
After assessing your case, we will advise whether or not a character reference will be required. We will also provide you with an example character reference that can be used as a guide.