- how serious your is
- if you have been found of similar offences before
- what else is happening in your life.
- the finding of guilt
- a conviction, if there is one
The court and the police can see your . Sometimes they can let other people know what is in your criminal record. For example, a criminal record, especially with convictions, may make it harder for you to get some jobs or get visas to some countries.
You may also get a criminal driving record from VicRoads for traffic offences:
VicRoads looks after the demerit points system, not the courts or the police. The magistrate cannot change the number of demerit points you receive.
Most traffic offences are punishable by fine. The amount you may be fined depends on the offence.
Let the magistrate know if you might have trouble paying the fine. There are options. You can ask the magistrate to:
- make a plan for you to pay bit by bit
- give you community work instead of the fine.
If you don’t pay the fine at court on the day of your , the court will register your fine with Fines Victoria. Fines Victoria will collect and enforce payment of your fine. If you do not pay, Fines Victoria can issue a for your .
Losing your drivers licence
You must not drive at all during this time. There are no exceptions. For example, you cannot drive to work or to pick up your children. There are no special licences that allow you to drive some of the time. There are very serious penalties for driving when you are not supposed to.
If you lose your licence for drink driving you need to go to VicRoads or go to court to get your licence back.
Community corrections order
You will usually do unpaid community work, as well as being supervised by a corrections worker, undergoing treatment or rehabilitation, or having bans on where you can go and how long you can stay out.
For some offences, the magistrate can choose to send you to jail instead of giving you a fine or a corrections order. Some serious offences may also be punishable by jail, as are some repeat offences.
Impoundment, immobilisation or forfeiture of vehicle
If your driving caused an accident, the magistrate can make you pay for any damage you caused to someone’s property.
Appealing the magistrate’s decision
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Reviewed 11 April 2022