Infringement Warrant Lawyers – Melbourne
Legal representation is important:
If there was ever an area of law that generates confusion it is infringement warrants. We have offices in Melbourne CBD, Dandenong, Ringwood, Frankston and Moorabbin with traffic infringement lawyers available to assist you. If you have etag fines or other speeding fines that have accrued and you have not yet had a visit from the sheriff and been bailed to appear at Court, you can still contest the infringements by writing to the infringement registrar to appeal the infringement out of time. If successful the original infringements will be re-issued in absence of all the penalty rates that have been added.
Appeal to the Magistrates’ Court:
If this written application is denied you can then write to the infringements registrar requesting that your application to appeal out of time be referred to the Magistrates’ Court. Once leave is granted by a Magistrate or judicial registrar all sentencing options are open to the Court. If the infringement warrant has already been executed then you will have already been given a Court date. When you are bailed to appear at Court the Magistrate can impose a prison sentence if you do not pay the outstanding amounts. Sometimes these amounts can run into the hundreds of thousands.
Understanding the Legislation:
In regard to either circumstance you should get a lawyer. These matters are one of the few matters that cannot be appealed to the County Court. If a Magistrate imposes an immediate prison sentence this cannot be reviewed other than by way of judicial review in the Supreme Court. Do not take these matters lightly; there are provisions in the Infringements Act that allow for the Magistrate to reduce these fines significantly in some cases two thirds in other cases the entire amount. There is also provision for further time to be sought and payment plans to be entered in lieu of prison and for amounts to be converted to community service.
As stated, this is a complicated area of law and it is important that you find an infringement warrant defence lawyer that can assist you. We are well versed in dealing with matters relating to infringement warrants, so contact our law firm to have one our lawyers assist you in properly preparing your matter. It could save you tens of thousands of dollars, further to that it could mean you will avoid an immediate prison sentence.