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Drink Driver Lawyer have had thousands of licences granted for our clients!

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It’s important that you understand that Drink and Drug driving offences are considered serious!

There are also serious consequences if you don’t have your matter dealt with appropriately. 

How much do you depend on the ability to drive? How is your life going to be affected if you can’t drive in order to meet your daily life and professional commitments? 

At Drink Driver Lawyer, we spend each day in court dealing with exactly what you are currently facing.

It’s equally important that you understand, that with Drink Driver Lawyer, you aren’t just another number. Our team take personal interest in each person, their individual circumstances and their case. Understanding your situation and individual needs, assists our team to achieve the best result for you.

We are locals, we are trusted, and we are on your side during what can be a stressful time.

Give yourself the best chance of staying on the road, contact your Drink Driver Lawyer team today – call 07 3999 8661. My team and I are committed to getting the best result for you.


Shannon McLaughlin

Expert Lawyer and Queensland Law Society member

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9% of Queenslanders admit to driving when they are over the alcohol limit, while 23% admit to driving the next day when they may be over the limit

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1. Case Assessement (no charge)

Contact us by phone or web chat.
We’ll provide you free advice on your matter and your options.

2. Meet With Us (no charge)

We meet with you either in person or by video-conferencing.
We’ll provide more in-depth guidance on your matter and give you a fixed quote for us to represent you in court.

3. Instruct Us

We will take more information on your personal circumstances and gain a greater understanding of the events leading up to you being charged. If you are happy with our quote, pay us a small deposit and establish a payment plan. We’ll get started on your matter and begin negotiations with Police.

4. Preparation

We thoroughly research and prepare your case, and provide you with a list of materials to provide us with. We’ll engage in discussions with the Prosecution to negotiate your matter wherever possible.

5. Representation

We attend all court dates either with or for you (if your appearance is not required). Once your matter is prepared and ready to be completed, we’ll attend court with you and make strong arguments to the court to get you the best result.

6. Case Finalised

We trust you are satisfied with the result.
We explain any aspects of the court outcome to you, and any next steps.

Ally Hodges
Drink Driver Lawyer Client
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I found the whole process with Donnelly, very easy and straightforward. Great communication and I felt very confident by being guided through the whole process. The outcome was far better than expected, but also everything that I deserve. I would recommend this group to anyone who is in a situation where they need representation for a matter in court.
Natalie Howell
Drink Driver Lawyer Client
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Danielle from Donnelly Law was absolutely fantastic! Super kind, helpful, and explained everything to me. I was extremely anxious and she made the whole situation easier to get through. I can not thank her enough !
Central Coast Concreting
Drink Driver Lawyer Client
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The overall process with Danielle from start to finish was seamless she made me feel at ease with her professionalism and integrity I could not of asked for a better result in my case under difficult circumstances she got me the mandatory minimum for my driving charge and took the stress out of a difficult time in my life. I would recommend Danielle to anyone.
Bailey Harris
Drink Driver Lawyer Client
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Very good people to deal with. Had everything organised and matter dealt with over the weekend and achieved a very good result.
Mr Crickmore
Drink Driver Lawyer Client
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Really really appreciate Donnelly law group ,they have a very good understanding on how to help people dealing with Injusticeand would recommend them to anybody. Danielle, Jacob and Jack are brilliant , thanks so much.
Trent Manukuo
Drink Driver Lawyer Client
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First time needing legal aid for myself so I was unaware of how proceedings will go. Donnelly made things easy and simple and guided me every step of the way. My lawyer on court day was great she explained everything, answered all my questions and gave positive reassurance everything was all good. Court matters were swift, I recieved my SHO License and now I am able to continue on with my work. Once again thank you to the team at Donnelly Law Firm for your expertise and support.
Matthew Morris
Drink Driver Lawyer Client
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I will gladly recommend Donnelly Law Group from start to finish they made the process a lot easier.


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We proudly commence all work by giving you no obligation, free advice on your case. This means there is no risk and no pressure on you. You are able to explore you options and gain a greater understanding of your matter without an upfront cost.

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Our team are friendly and compassionate, we understand mistakes happen to people from all walks of life.


Many firms offer criminal representation, few specialise in criminal and traffic matters. We have been protecting our clients’ rights with a combined over 100 years of experience in the exact issues you are facing.

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The certainty of a fixed fee. In most cases, you will know the costs of your matter so you can plan your finances. Call us for a quote today. We care about every one of our clients and we will support you through what can be the most stressful experience of your life.

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Traffic Lawyers Gold Coast

Traffic lawyers on the Gold Coast, particularly those specializing in cases involving drink driving offenses, play a crucial role in the legal system. These attorneys are well-versed in the complex and nuanced laws surrounding traffic offenses, with a focus on cases related to driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI).

Gold Coast traffic lawyers who specialize in drink driving cases understand the local legal landscape and are familiar with the specific regulations and penalties associated with such offenses. Their expertise extends to various aspects of DUI/DWI cases, including blood alcohol concentration (BAC) testing, roadside sobriety tests, and legal procedures surrounding traffic stops.

Traffic Lawyers Brisbane

Traffic lawyers in Brisbane, especially those specializing in cases involving drink driving offenses, are essential legal professionals who provide expertise in navigating the legal complexities associated with traffic violations. Brisbane, being a major city in Queensland, has its own set of traffic laws, and attorneys in this area are well-versed in the local regulations, court procedures, and penalties specific to the region.

Navigating the legal landscape of drink driving offenses in Brisbane requires the expertise of skilled traffic lawyers who understand both the legal and local nuances associated with such cases. These attorneys play a crucial role in ensuring individuals receive fair treatment and have the opportunity to present a strong defense within the framework of Brisbane’s legal system.

16% of drivers get behind the wheel when they know they may be over the legal alcohol limit, and 20% drive the next morning when they’re possibly over the legal limit. Drinking alcohol reduces our ability to drive safely. Alcohol affects judgement, vision, coordination and reflexes, and increases the risk of crashing.

Get in contact with a Drink Driver Lawyer today to find out how we can help you with your case.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have been charged with a drink driving charge, you will be required to attend court. Not showing up for court on the date that you have been summoned, carries serious consequences. The Magistrate may issue a warrant for your arrest and you may be arrested by police. You will likely receive a fine, and more charges may be laid against you for failing to attend court. Ensure that your address is correct with Queensland Transport so that all mail relating to your appearance reaches you. Additionally, make sure you remember your court date and get there early to avoid being late or missing it.

The short answer is yes if you have been issued with a notice to appear by the police. You are being charged with a criminal offence, and you do need to go to court in person. If you cannot attend for any reason, you need to contact your lawyer for legal instruction or the courthouse for advice as soon as you can.

Here in Queensland, it is considered an offence to refuse to provide a specimen of breath or saliva when a police officer has requested you to do so and can lead to serious penalties. Failing to take a breath test typically attracts the same penalty as a high range drink driving offence regardless of whether you were that limit or not. At a minimum, you will receive a 6 month disqualification period and a $4000 fine. A jail sentence of 6 months is even a possibility in some cases.

It’s important to know that not everyone is eligible for a work licence. If you are eligible, you’ll need to go to court on the date requested. You will need to ask the Magistrate for an adjournment so you can organise the paperwork for a work licence. You will need to have this paperwork sorted out before your next court hearing when the application will be considered. The Magistrate will be the one who decides whether to grant you a work licence or not. If you have already pleaded guilty, you cannot apply for a work licence, it must be done beforehand. It’s a good idea to include a letter from yourself and your employer on the reasons why you need a licence.

If you have been issued a fine and you believe wrongfully so by a police officer, traffic camera or transport inspector, you can dispute it in court. If you intend on disputing it, you need to do so within 28 days of receiving the fine or you may receive a penalty for an overdue fine. Do not pay the fine and keep a copy. If you have been found guilty of the fine after going to court, a conviction may be recorded against you.

If you have received a notice to choose, this is in relation to a demerit points enforcement. You have the option to choose whether you would rather have your licence suspended or have a good driving behaviour (GBD) enforced on your driver’s licence. For GDB to be an option, you need to hold a current Queensland licence. You must submit your preference before the due date otherwise your driver’s licence may be suspended as a default option. If you choose GBD over a licence suspension, this means that this applies to your licence for one year. If you incur 2 demerit points or more within this time, your licence will be suspended for double the time as the original suspension offer.

Driver education programs are designed to cater to those who are facing traffic-related charges in court here in Queensland. In this program, offenders will learn about the consequences and dangers of driving offences, and they aim to provide education and raise awareness around such issues.

Those who have been charged with a traffic offence can greatly benefit from attending one of these courses especially those who are facing serious charges or who are repeat offenders. Completing this course will likely lead to a lower fine and disqualification period as it is highly regarded by the courts.

When you initially contact a traffic lawyer for advice and they are setting up a time to meet with you, they will tell you everything that you need to bring with you. In general, they’ll ask you to bring any supporting documentation you believe to be relevant to your case. You should bring along a form of identification such as your driver’s licence, police reports and documentation you have if any, concerning your charge.


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