Drug Driving: Drug testing is done via roadside tests for the presence of active ingredients in cannabis ecstasy and amphetamines by a simple saliva sample. If the test comes back positive, a further sample is taken and sent to a government laboratory for testing.
In the meantime, your drivers licence is immediately suspended for 24 hours. Once the 24 hours passes, you may drive again.
If the sample sent to the government laboratory is positive for drugs, you will be charged. Testing times at the government laboratory can vary, but can be a month or even longer.
The repercussions of a drug driving offence is dependent on the type and quantity of drug detected, your prior traffic history and/or conviction for similar type of offending with a particular focus on the last five years. This can result in high fines, loss of licence and in some circumstances, incarceration.
Changes to Queensland law make disqualification periods cumulative (that is served one after the other resulting on lengthier periods of disqualification).
In limited circumstances, you may be able to apply for a work licence.
A work licence allows you drive for work when your driver licence has been cancelled because of drug/drink driving or a similar offence. A work licence is officially called “a restricted licence” under section 87 of the Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995.
Contact us to discuss your circumstances and we can let you know whether you are eligible.
Let us know when you would like to meet and we’ll return your contact to confirm.
Seek legal advice!
If you have been arrested or charged we strongly recommend you seek legal advice and do not participate in an interview until you have done so.
We do operate after hours in emergencies. The office telephone number will divert to the lawyer on call.
What is urgent?
This service is available for out of hours Police station attendances including bail applications and other urgent criminal matters only.
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We won’t charge you for the initial advice we give to you. If you decide to engage us, we’ll decide on a fee structure based on outcomes.
We are located in the heart of the Southport CBD and just minutes from the Southport Courthouse.
There is ample on street parking available and also nearby at Australia Fair Shopping Centre.