FINES

There’s a (New) Fine Line for Those Doing it Tough

There is a (new) fine line for those doing it tough

On 1 July 2020, NSW rolled out a new policy enabling persons supported by social security and experiencing financial hardship to have their fines halved.

Am I eligible?

Anyone who receives a Centrelink payment is eligible to be assessed and in case you’re wondering, yep – this includes the Covid-19 JobKeeper payment.

It’s important to note that fine reduction isn’t automatically applied to your fine.

Revenue NSW will conduct an assessment and determine whether your fine could be paid in full via a payment plan arrangement or resolved through a work development order (which essentially is completing either unpaid work or participating in a course or program). Following this, Revenue NSW will make a decision.

Do you need payment flexibility?

In situations where Revenue NSW has determined a fine could be paid in full, you’ll be glad to know that the policy has introduced greater payment flexibility.

You are now able to set up a payment plan at any time, which previously was only considered when a fine was overdue.

Have you checked out our blog on court-imposed fines? Click here to view it.

Does this apply to my fine?

The new policy applies to fines collected by Revenue NSW. These include:

traffic / speeding fines;

parking fines;

police infringement notices for stealing

police infringement notices for offensive behaviour; and

police infringement notices for intoxicated and disorderly conduct.

Some fines are exempt

Voting-related fines, jury duty fines and fines issued to body corporates are not included.

Have you been charged with a traffic offence on the Central Coast?

If you are going to Court on the Central Coast for a traffic offence then you should get advice from a Central Coast criminal lawyer, like Coastal Lawyers.

We are Central Coast lawyers who have experience representing Central Coast locals in all types of traffic matters across all courts including Gosford Local Court, Wyong Local Court, Belmont Local Court and Toronto Local Court.

We offer a free 15 minute discovery call for all clients and are also on legal aid panels for all criminal law matters.

Common types of traffic offences

Drink Driving

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Drink driving is considered to be a very serious offence by the courts. Offences of mid-range and high range drink driving can attract jail terms and also attract mandatory interlock orders. If you have been charged with drink driving then you should speak to an experienced lawyer from Coastal Lawyers.

Drug Driving

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Certain drugs can stay in your system weeks or months after they have been consumed. Drug driving and the loss of your licence can have serious consequences on your ability to earn an income and support your family. If you have been charged with drug driving on the central coast, then Coastal Lawyers can provide you with legal representation at court.

Speeding

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Speeding offences can lead to the loss of your licence due to demerit points of immediate licence suspension for certain speeding offences. If your licence is at risk then you speak to Coastal Lawyers about your options.

Unlicenced driving

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Dangerous Driving

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Dangerous driving occasioning death or grievous bodily harm are extremely serious matters and can result in jail terms.

As a former prosecutor for very serious traffic offences including dangerous driving, Kristal from Coastal Lawyers can give you solid legal advice and representation if you find yourself charged with serious traffic offences.

Heavy Vehicles

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About Coastal Lawyers

People generally don’t come to lawyers for criminal law and family law advice in celebration (that’s okay we get it!). 

But talking to a lawyer also doesn’t need to be overwhelming or scary.

At Coastal Lawyers, we give our client’s frank and practical legal advice. We are human’s, parents and spouses too. We bring our life experience to our role as legal advisers and advocates.

We offer a judgement free and confidential space where you can discuss your legal problems, have your legal questions answered and make informed decisions about your unique situation.

Our clients are busy people who are often juggling work and families. This is why we use technology to make the process of getting legal advice simple and convenient.

We use phone and video calls to regularly keep our clients updated. As well as face to face appointments at our Erina offices when required.

We also use the latest legal technology including online bookings and payment options. Email and text messages to remind clients about their upcoming appointments and court dates. As well as a secure client portal so clients can conveniently view court documents and correspondence.

Early legal advice is often crucial to the success of your matter.

Getting Legal Help is easy

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you do Legal Aid?

Yes Coastal Lawyers are on all of the criminal law Legal Aid panels and also on the Family Law Legal Aid panels. So we can do legal aid work for eligible clients.

What courts do you appear at?

Coastal Lawyers are central coast locals too, so we appear at all Central Coast and Newcastle Courts including Gosford Local Court, Wyong Local Court, Belmont Local Court, Toronto Local Court and the Newcastle Federal Circuit Court.

 What areas of law do you do?

At Coastal Lawyers, focus on our three main focus areas, criminal law, traffic law and family law.

Do I really need a lawyer?

If you aren’t sure if your matter really needs a lawyer, then why not book in a free 15 minute discovery call with Coastal Lawyers. You will get to speak to a lawyer who can give you some guidance as to whether your matter needs a lawyer or not. 

Contact Us

Ask a question or book an appointment below. If you have an urgent after hours criminal law matter, youc an call us on 0410 929 018 and leave a message and someone will get back to you. 

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