Our criminal lawyers at Caldicott Lawyers are experts in all driving matters and specifically Demerit Point Disqualification

If you accumulate 12 or more demerit points in any 3 year period, you will be disqualified from holding or obtaining a driver’s licence or permit.

Each 3 year period is calculated based on the dates the offences were committed.

If you accumulate:

  • 12 to 15 points you will be disqualified from driving for 3 months
  • 16 to 20 points you will be disqualified from driving for 4 months
  • more than 20 points you will disqualified from driving for 5 months

Demerit points are incurred whether the offence is committed in South Australia or interstate.

If you are disqualified from driving as a result of the accumulation of demerit points, the disqualification starts 28 days after a formal notice is sent to you, providing you formally acknowledge receipt of the notice within this timeframe.

If you are already disqualified, any new demerit point disqualification will start immediately after the existing disqualification ends.

If your licence has been disqualified for loss of demerit points we can help you contest the disqualification.

We can make an application to the court on your behalf seeking to reduce the number of demerit points associated with a particular offence, thereby reinstating your driver’s licence.

Applications of this kind can be made if it can be shown that:

  • You will suffer a particular hardship as a result of being disqualified from driving; or
  • There were exceptional circumstances giving rise to the loss of points.

We have extensive experience appearing before the Magistrate’s Courts in these types of matters and on many occasions have been able to get our clients’ driver’s licences reinstated.

Call 08 8120 3783 to make an appointment with one of the knowledgeable lawyers at Caldicott Lawyers to discuss your chances of success.

In lieu of serving the demerit point disqualification, you may be eligible to apply for a good behaviour bond.

Information about this option is provided on the disqualification notice.

How we can assist

We can make a formal application to the court on your behalf to have a 12 month good behaviour bond put in place as an alternative to a disqualification. This application must be made at the time of acknowledging receipt of your disqualification notice.

Once the good behaviour condition is accepted, you will be able to continue to drive but your licence will be subject to the condition that you do not incur two or more demerit points during the good behaviour period.

If you incur two or more points you will be disqualified for twice the original disqualification period (with no right of appeal or further good behaviour option).

Demerit points associated with an existing demerit disqualification or good behaviour option are not counted towards a future disqualification.