2 Legal Services Offered By a Traffic Lawyer

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The number of traffic laws on the books can be overwhelming, and getting a serious offence for violating one of these laws can not only cost you money, it can land you behind bars. If you find that you're in trouble due to some kind of car-related legal offence, then you will need the assistance of a traffic lawyer.

These legal professionals can help you navigate a wide variety of vehicle-related entanglements, and to help you out, here's two important services they can offer you.

Drunk Driving Defence 

Drunk driving has many appellations, and no two cases are ever the same. You may have been pulled over for different levels of what police call "Prescribed Concentration of Alcohol" (PCA), which is a term that describes the level of alcohol in your bloodstream at the time of your arrest.

Typically, there are several PCA categories, ranging from novice to high range PCA, each with a different set of numbers. You can also be arrested if you refuse a breath analysis test, even if you did so because you wanted a traffic lawyer present at the testing.

Driving under the influence is a criminal charge that isn't just made based on the PCA, it is also dependent on what police observed prior to pulling you over, including the smell of alcohol on your breath or skin, the manner in which you spoke to police officers and your physical behaviour at the time you were pulled over.

A traffic lawyer can defend you using several methods, including challenging the PCA reading as unreliable and the 'honest and reasonable mistake' defence, which states that you didn't believe yourself to be over the legal alcohol limit when you got into your vehicle and drove.

Drug Driving Defence 

If you are pulled over by a police officer because you are under the influence of drugs, a traffic lawyer can help defend you against this charge. In Australia, police officers can pull you over if you are suspected of driving under the influence of marijuana, methamphetamines, ecstasy, morphine and cocaine.

Once arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, law enforcement officers can then ask you to submit to a blood or urine test for confirmation. You can refuse and invoke your right to legal representation, at which time, a traffic lawyer can take over your case, and delay or dismiss the request for the drug test, while he or she compiles your defence.

For more information, contact local resources such as Russo Lawyers.


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