Speeding Offences

Speeding Offences

Speeding lawyers have years of experience appealing suspensions related to speeding fines. Speeding fines today attract significant demerit points.

This is especially true during double demerits weekends and days in NSW and QLD as well as other states of Australia.

Additionally, serious speeding offences carry automatic suspensions. Many drivers find themselves in situations where they are subject to both an automatic suspension for speeding offences (such as exceeding 30 km/hr) as well as a demerit suspension because the same offence has taken them beyond their demerit limit.

Contact us today to speak with a specialist traffic lawyer if you wish to contest a speeding ticket or avoid suspension.

Many drivers believe that a speeding ticket cannot be challenged once it is issued. They pay the fine and accept any repercussions even though they believe they weren’t speeding or were speeding in the amount alleged.

This is false. You can either prove that you did not travel at the speed alleged in Court or apply for leniency to pay the speeding fine.

You can find recent cases in which we successfully appealed suspensions of licences.

What is speeding?

According to the definition, the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt that you were travelling above the speed limit.

How to beat a speeding fine

You can defend a speeding ticket in court.

Honesty and Reasonable Mistake

You may be able to defend yourself if you truly believed you were travelling below the speed limit. One example is if your speedometer was not calibrated correctly despite your vehicle being serviced regularly.

You would have no defence if you speed because you didn’t know the speed limit.

After the defence is raised, the prosecution must prove that your error was either not honest or reasonable. The most difficult part of this defence is to prove that your actions were reasonable.

Take the above example. If your vehicle has not been serviced in the prescribed timeframe, your actions will not be reasonable.

Challenge the Speed

You can be arrested for speeding in one of two ways. First, a Police officer will estimate your speed using no equipment. The second method is using a speed camera (ie. LIDAR and RADAR.

An officer can challenge the accuracy of his/her estimate by looking into any flaws in his/her estimation method. This can be done by obtaining a report. Most cases hinge on cross-examination by the police officer. If you are looking to defend against speeding, it is important to hire experienced speeding offence attorneys.

It can be difficult to challenge a speed camera – a report can be costly

Speed radars/lidars may not always be accurate. The radar/lidar not being properly calibrated or maintained is a common example. An experienced traffic defence lawyer can show this and argue that the reading could be incorrect.

An inaccurate reading could also occur if the speed measuring device was not properly used by the police officer.

Challenge the Speed Limit

If there is any doubt about the extent to which you were speeding the Magistrate might be able to find you not guilty of the more serious offence and guilty of a lesser offence.

This is especially useful if the offence being charged carries an automatic suspension period (e.g. speeding over 30km/hr/45km/hr), while a lesser offence would not be subject to any suspension.

Contact us immediately if you’ve been given a speeding ticket. We can help you with any defences.

What are the Penalties for Speeding

Below are the tables that show the suspensions and fines for speeding offences.

You can appeal suspensions by contacting us immediately. A specialist speeding lawyer can help you determine if there are defences to your suspension and what you can do to avoid it.

Is it possible to avoid suspension if you plead guilty?

Yes. To learn how to avoid suspensions for speeding and other traffic violations, visit our page on Licence Suspension Appeals.

Is speeding considered a criminal offence?

A speeding violation is not a crime in Australia unless the offence is brought to Court and convicted.

You should hire the best traffic lawyers in Australia if you are considering doing this.

Speeding Fines NSW, QLD, VIC, TAS, ACT, SA, WA, NT Leniency

More speed, red lights, and safety cameras are on the roads than ever before. Police use approved speed measurement devices like radar and lidar, and sometimes the police can even estimate your speed without any measurement devices. Statistics on speeding indicate that more drivers are being suspended for driving offences in recent years.

An infringement notice is usually issued to the registered owner or driver of the vehicle for speeding, red lights and other camera offences. If you are caught driving at higher speeds, the police might issue you a court attendance note and an immediate suspension notice. This means that you can’t drive until the matter has been resolved by a judge.

Your licence may be suspended if you are convicted or pay an infringement notification. You can avoid demerit points by having the infringement withdrawn or taken to court to have the matter dismissed or resolved without being convicted.

You can find our guide to the offences and excuses that are typically refused if you’re considering asking for a review.

We can represent you and challenge the matter if you disagree with the court attendance or infringement notice. Cameras and approved measuring devices must be calibrated within certain specifications. If this is not done, you might be able to get the matter dismissed. We can help you plead guilty if you wish. You may be able to get the matter dismissed without any recording of your conviction. This means that you don’t have to pay a penalty or lose any points.

Give us a call – we know what you need to know.