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What is SPER?

The State Penalties Enforcement Registry (also known as SPER) is a division of the Office of State Revenue. It deals with: The State Penalties Enforcement Registry (also known as SPER) is a division of the Office of State Revenue. It deals with:Infringement Notice FinesCourt-Ordered FinesOffender LevyOffender Debt Recovery Orders. If you have not paid a … Continue reading What is SPER?

A guide to providing a Character reference for use in Court

Character References Character references can be very effective material in a sentencing hearing in Queensland.  The material contained in the reference can be relied upon to persuade a Judicial Officer that you are otherwise of good character, have a good employment history and/or have good prospects of rehabilitation.  It can also assist in demonstrating the … Continue reading A guide to providing a Character reference for use in Court

What is the Alcohol Ignition Interlock Program and do I have to participate in it?

Alcohol Ignition Interlock Program The Alcohol Ignition Interlock Program is designed for drivers who are convicted of high-risk drink driving offences. The purpose of this program is to provide assistance to drink drivers to separate drinking and driving when they get their licence back. There have been some recent amendments that came into effect in … Continue reading What is the Alcohol Ignition Interlock Program and do I have to participate in it?

Applying for a Special Hardship Order (SHO)

What is a special hardship order (SHO)? A special hardship order is a court order that allows a driver with a suspended provisional or open licence to continue driving under specific and restricted conditions. This order is sought by people who have had their licence suspended through the loss of demerit points but need to … Continue reading Applying for a Special Hardship Order (SHO)

What to expect at your first appointment with your Lawyer

If you have been arrested by police and require urgent legal advice, you can contact our Director on her mobile number at any time.  Otherwise, in most cases your first contact with a Lawyer will be once you have been charged with an offence and are required to appear in the Magistrates Court at a … Continue reading What to expect at your first appointment with your Lawyer