Warning: The following is general advice only.
It should not be substituted for legal advice. The following information
is drawn from resources including Legal Aid Commission, NSW Law
Society and Lawlink NSW.
Is Legal Aid available?
Legal aid is only available for traffic offences if there is a
real possibility of a goal penalty, or there are exceptional circumstances.
If you think you may be eligible for Legal Aid
you should call them for advice.
How should you prepare for Court?
You should gather character references.
If you need a driver’s licence for work make sure you have
a letter from your employer to say what will happen to your job
if your licence is disqualified for a long time. If you have other
reasons for needing a driver’s licence, such as child care
issues or health problems, make sure you have evidence to support
What should you do at court?
Do not drive to court in case you lose your license. Bring your
license with you as the court may require you to surrender it.
If you are unrepresented you should advise the
court officer that you are unrepresented and request a copy of
the police fact sheet and certificate.
If you are represented your solicitor will take
care of these matters.
Do not drive while disqualified
The Court will regard this seriously. The penalty for your first
driving whilst disqualified can include gaol or a significant
fine and an additional 2 years disqualification.
Remember to re-apply for your licence
Once the disqualification period is over, you have to re-apply
for your licence as it is not automatically reinstated.
Can you appeal?
You can appeal but should seek legal advice before lodging any
appeal. The appeal must be lodged within 28 days.
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