Speed Trials

Speed trials are the sort of charge regularly heard in the Magistrates Court.

The maximum penalty for this charge is 8 penalty units for a first offence and 15 penalty units for a subsequent offence for anyone found guilty of this offence.

This charge is generally laid in situations where a person drives or is in charge of a motor vehicle on a highway for the purpose of a speed trial or race.

In essence to prove this charge the Police must show that the accused drove or was in charge of a motor vehicle on a highway and the purpose of which was for a speed trial or race.

A defence to this charge could include a factual dispute or that the event/function had approved authorisation by the Minister by Government Gazette.

You should ring us and discuss your case if you have been charged.

Deciding on whether to plead guilty or not has important implications for you and should be made after proper discussions with a criminal lawyer.

This is legislation that comes from section 68 of the Road Safety Act 1986.

Possible Defences

  • Factual Dispute and Concept of Beyond Reasonable Doubt
  • Charges are Statute Barred
  • Sudden or Extraordinary Emergency

Penalties

  • Deferral of Sentencing
  • Diversion
  • Without Conviction Order
  • Adjournment of the Charges on Undertaking (Good Behaviour Bond)
  • Fine
  • Community Corrections Order

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