Leading Traffic Defence Lawyers in Canberra

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Adrian McKenna is a prodigy. Achieved a great result, couldn’t be happier. Down to earth and always reachable. 10/10
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Absolutely outstanding! Thomas is a brilliant lawyer who took my husband’s case level 3 drink drive. Thomas worked tirelessly on our case and achieved the best possible outcome in our case. I couldn’t be happier with his strategic approach expertise, dedication, and exceptional results. Thank you for your service Thomas. Highly recommend!”
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I was referred to Adrian McKenna at Hugo Law by a friend (solicitor). As I had never been a defendent before I was naturally extremely nervous and scared. As soon as I met Adrian I knew I was in good hands.
Adrian was so professional with his explanations of what to expect. He was also compassionate and listened to me. I asked so many questions. He looked at me and said “let us do our job”, and “follow his directions”.
The Barrister he engaged to my case was excellent. Over weeks and months, with hearings in between, waiting for the court date and the final hearings I was so nervous and asked too many questions again. Again, “let us do our job”. A confidence boost again from Adrian.
The Barrister asked all the right questions which I wanted him to ask. He and Adrian provided all the facts and statements that were vital to the Magistrates decisions.
We got the best outcome, no convictions.
I thank Adrian and his team for their patience, guidance, advice, and compassion through my heartbreaking ordeal. His advice “let us do our job” was the best advice leading to the best result.
I would highly recommend Adrian at HugoLaw. He gets the job done!
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Helpful, understanding and great guidance every step of the way. Couldn’t fault them and can’t thank them enough. 5/5
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I would recommend Mitchell Grieg for any matter. Approachable , Professional , honest and will fight for best outcome possible.
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Worked with Thomas Tiffen as my lawyer. Very professional and always quick to respond. Highly recommend.
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I had the pleasure of engaging Hugo Law Group, for Legal counsel. They were very transparent, helpful and reassuring during the entire process. Highly recommend to anyone seeking legal advice. Special Thanks to Tom Taylor!
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I am very grateful to Stephanie and the entire Hugo Law Group. My son’s case was handled with compassion, skill and efficiency. Stephanie was amazing in the court arena, never intimidated by the magistrate, always willing to argue the client’s point of view with truth and fairness.
She achieved the result I hoped for
and I am so pleased that the Hugo Law Group was recommended to me. They really do adhere to their motto of there being two sides to every story.
With appreciation and gratitude
Sue Mitchell
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Completely professional and personal service provided by Mitchell. Brought a great strategy to achieve a successful outcome. Personable and responsive! Thanks Mitchell at Hugo Law. Jon R
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Highly recommend Mitchell Greig. He made the experience seamless, relieved the stress of the situation and was very informative through the whole process.
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Nobody enjoys going to court so it was reassuring to be advised and represented by Mitchell Greig. He is wise, supportive and stands for his clients. His background, legal knowledge and experience, make him relatable both to his client and to the court. Not all heroes wear capes, however, in my mind, Mitchell is certainly worthy. Thank you!
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Thank you, Thomas, for your exceptional work and for helping me navigate through a challenging legal matter with ease and confidence. Thank you for the hard work and dedication.
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I made contact with Max and told him of my situation and Max told me that he would help me out. Max advised me that he would aim for the best possible outcome for me in my situation.

At the end of the day, Max achieved the best possible outcome for me.

Max was very professional in his dealings regarding my situation from beginning to end, everything was explained to me and Max followed through.

I would highly recommend Max to anyone & I would gladly use Max again if I needed him.
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Jack a young upcoming lawyer took on two cases of mine. He handled the process extremely professional in the difficult situation. Enabling me and working directly with ADACAS staff to assist with the case and reports required.

Max took over one of the legal disagreement of mine. He was highly professional, understanding and compassionate. Max is highly educated, informed with current legislation and provides a welcoming environment. He is honest about recommendations.

Dealing with complex disabilities both staff member were accommodating to myself, my needs and my support animal.

Highly recommend Hugo Law group!
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Very professional and efficient lawyers. I highly recommend Mitchell Greig to help you with your case. Mitchell worked tirelessly to defend me and helped me achieve a positive result. I am very grateful. Five stars.
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I recently finished a court matter a few weeks ago where, Adrian and the group at Hugo law were very helpful, informative and insightful in helping my family and me throughout it all.

The whole time I felt supported and well informed about what would happen and what our desired outcome was. Adrian was also very knowledgeable and was always on hand with good advice about anything I had questions about.

Overall, my experience was one of profound professionalism and excellent service.

Thank you Adrian and the team at Hugo Law.

– Luci
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For the past two years my family has engaged Tom Taylor at Hugo Law for a matter which frankly should never have entered our lives. Unfortunately it did and we needed a high quality advocate who could give us balanced honest advice and support. Tom was amazing. Highly credentialled of course, but more than that, he was honest, down to earth and he approached our issue with a level of tenacity which was reassuring. He, and Hugo Law, were a godsend in a very stressful time. I cannot recommend them highly enough. Tom and his team are professional, brilliant and, most importantly, human.
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I had a 6 year criminal case that was abit outthere.Hugo law Groups excellent in both professionalism and experience was beyond what i was expecting!My experience was exceptionally great. A very well organized firm, experienced and professional. Customer service was excellent and the lawyer Rebecca Kriesler and counsel Caitlin Akthar of Forbs chambers on my case, were beyond amazing and i got the outcome that i wanted! They worked
very well together and were very thorough and very experienced.Rebecca knows what she is talking about. All in all, I had a positive experience and I highly recommend Hugo law 10 stars 🌟 for me .
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I recently had the pleasure of hiring the HUGO Law Firm to handle some driving charges I was facing, and I couldn’t be happier with the service I received. My lawyer, Max Hasler, was outstanding in every way. He was always professional, showing a deep understanding of the law and a genuine commitment to my case.

Max was not only knowledgeable but also incredibly caring. He took the time to listen to my concerns and was always available whenever I needed him. Whether it was a quick phone call or an in-depth discussion about the details of my case, Max made sure I felt supported and informed every step of the way.

The dedication and expertise that Max and the HUGO Law Firm demonstrated have truly made a difference in my life. I highly recommend Max Hasler and the entire team at HUGO Law Firm to anyone in need of legal advice in the ACT. Their professionalism, compassion, and availability are second to none.

Thank you, Max and HUGO Law Firm, for your exceptional service!
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Hugo Law Group (Canberra) – Result driven and professional service of the highest standard. We were so grateful to work with Stephanie Beckedahl on a recent matter. Stephanie was an amazing lawyer, we cannot thank enough for her great support, knowledge and determination.
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Wonderful, compassionate and skill full team at Hugo.
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Adrian and the team at Hugo Law Group have been exceptional throughout the duration of my case. Adrian and his team have saved me from one of the most difficult times of my life. I am forever grateful for what they have done for me. Thank you.

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    Your Team

    If you are accused of a criminal offence, you need a specialist criminal lawyer in your corner. With some of the most highly regarded lawyers in Canberra, our team of criminal lawyers will provide you with comprehensive, honest and strategic advice.

    Adrian McKenna
    Partner — Canberra

    ACCREDITED SPECIALIST (Criminal Law)

    Tom Taylor
    Partner — Canberra

    Stephanie Beckedahl
    Senior Associate — Canberra

    Max Haesler
    Senior Lawyer — Canberra

    Tom Tiffen-Oakes
    Lawyer — Canberra

    Adrian McKenna
    Partner — Canberra

    ACCREDITED SPECIALIST (Criminal Law)

    Tom Taylor
    Partner — Canberra

    Stephanie Beckedahl
    Senior Associate — Canberra

    Max Haesler
    Senior Lawyer — Canberra

    Tom Tiffen-Oakes
    Lawyer — Canberra

    Traffic Law Canberra

    Our commitment at Hugo Law Group Canberra is unwavering in defending the rights of our clients and providing exceptional legal representation in traffic law. Our dedication extends across various areas of expertise, including a focus and specialisation in traffic law in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) through our Canberra-based office.

    Recognising the critical role that driving may play in the lives of many, we take this aspect of the law seriously. WIth experience and knowledge of both the technical aspects of different traffic offences and the court system in the ACT, we possess the expertise needed to navigate what can sometimes be a surprisingly complex area of the law.

    Along with our knowledge and experience, we take an empathetic and compassionate approach to your case, ensuring that you are supported and understood in what can be a particularly stressful period.

    As Canberra traffic law specialists, the team at Hugo Law Group is committed to defending your rights and conveying your side of the story. Whether you are considering pleading guilty or not guilty, we will stand by you, guiding you through the court process to achieve the best result possible.

    Traffic law specialists in Canberra

    A driver’s licence represents a certain level of freedom and convenience. When this freedom and convenience are at risk of being taken away or limited, the ramifications can be far-reaching. On a personal level, your ability to undertake general and family commitments may be restricted, while professionally, it could impact your current work or limit future employment opportunities.

    As highly experienced Canberra traffic defence lawyers, the team at Hugo Law Group understands just how stressful being charged with a traffic offence can be.

    During this time, engaging an experienced and knowledgeable traffic lawyer is key. A traffic law specialist from Hugo Law Group can work with you to explain the charges, the potential outcomes, and the different avenues to pursue, as well as handling licence appeals.

    Traffic charges can include drink and drug driving, negligent driving, and driving causing death or grievous bodily harm, amongst many others. Each traffic charge can differ depending on the context of the situation, and as such, each charge has its own technical differences. As traffic law specialists, we can navigate these differences to mount the most strategic defence possible.

    With traffic law, offences can sit on different ends of the spectrum. From driver’s licence and registration offences to aggravated dangerous driving occasioning death, this area of law is vast and can in some cases be very complex.

    The associated penalties also vary. In some cases, you may receive a monetary fine. In other instances, your driver’s licence may be disqualified. For serious offences such as negligent or culpable driving causing death or grievous bodily harm, gaol time is a serious risk.

    Taking into account the particular traffic offence you are facing, the potential penalties, and the evidence, our team of specialist traffic lawyers will be able to help you determine the best path forward.

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    Our Expertise

    Navigating court processes in Canberra

    The process for navigating court for traffic offences can vary depending on the type of charge. In some cases, attending court may not be required, and instead, a traffic infringement notice will be issued, resulting in an automatic loss of licence. In other instances, you may be required to appear before a magistrate in court or, in some more serious cases, a judge. Fines, good behaviour orders, community service, intensive corrections orders or imprisonment may also be imposed, in addition to a licence disqualification period.

    As our lawyers appear in courts across the ACT on a daily basis, we have the experience needed to navigate these processes with confidence and skill.

    Apart from the immediate consequences, there may be long-term implications for your driving record when dealing with a traffic offence. Separate from your criminal history, a driving record details your traffic history, including demerit point loss and driving offences where you were found guilty by court.

    Both an individual’s criminal record and driving record can be disclosed when employers or potential employers conduct criminal record checks. This underscores the importance of engaging an experienced traffic offence lawyer as soon as possible.

    With the ability to objectively assess the facts of the case and find the most strategic and effective way forward, the team at Hugo Law Group always prioritises your best interests.

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    The Hugo Law Group Canberra difference

    Being charged with a traffic offence can be a stressful experience, especially considering the potential importance of a driver’s licence for both personal and professional reasons. The prospect of losing your licence, along with the possibility of imprisonment, is naturally stressful.

    The Hugo Law Group team in Canberra is here to help. Serving as a source of legal advice and support, we care about defending your side of the story. Unlike viewing our clients as just another case, we take the time to understand the detail of your situation, with empathy and compassion.

    With experience, skill and understanding forming the foundation of every task we undertake, you can trust that we are dedicated to achieving the best outcome possible. We tirelessly work to provide expert representation services, whether you decide to plead guilty or not guilty.

    From the very beginning, we stand by your side to ensure that your story is presented in the most comprehensive and strategic light possible, whether you are speaking with the police or appearing in front of a magistrate or judge.

    In what can be a surprisingly complex area of the law, we place emphasis and value on keeping clients informed, explaining the nature of the charges and detailing your prospects of success. We understand the implications of being charged with a traffic offence and the intricacies of this area of the law. This is why we are steadfast in our commitment to providing all clients with the kind of service they would demand if their friend or loved one was in a similar situation.

    Traffic law FAQs for Canberra

    Yes, traffic offences such as drink driving are considered criminal offences in Canberra. Charges for drink driving will typically occur if the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) in your breath is higher than the prescribed amount. It is important to note that the prescribed BAC amount may differ for different individuals. For example, the BAC is 0.05 for drivers with a full licence, whereas those on their Learner Plates or Provisional Plates have a BAC limit of zero.

    Certain road rules and traffic laws apply to all properties, whether they are public or private, in the ACT. This means that some offences, for example where serious injuries are occasioned from the use of a vehicle, will be enforced, whether you are on a highway, in a supermarket car park, or driving on private property. While some driving laws may not apply on private property that is not widely open to the public, it is important to note the distinction between private property, where these laws do not apply, and a private road—open to the public for driving—where these laws do, in fact, apply. Some offences such as drink driving may not apply if you were only driving on a private road or property that was not a public road or road-related area.

    Hugo Law Group Canberra stands as your reliable partner in navigating the complexities of traffic law in the Australian Capital Territory. We are committed to providing unwavering support, expert legal advice, and dedication to achieving the best possible outcome for your case. Whether you are facing charges related to drink driving, negligent driving, or other traffic violations, our experienced team is here to guide you through the legal process with confidence and skill.

    WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY

    “Hi Carol, from the bottom of my heart thank you for everything that you have done for me over the last couple of weeks. I was seriously completely lost with everything to do with this matter and you were nothing but sincere and genuine the entire time and for that I wanted to say thank you. I really wouldn’t have been able to attend today without you. Thank you.”

    – K’s Family

    “I would like to extend my sincere thanks and gratitude to Adrian McKenna and his team at Hugo Law Group. Adrian’s professional approach, invaluable advice and assistance secured me the best possible outcome with the matter not proceeding. Adrian was able to effectively navigate the criminal law process and clearly explain every issue in lay terms, which kept me informed and provided enormous reassurance throughout the entire process.”

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    “Adrian McKenna at Hugo Law Group demonstrated professionalism, astuteness, and competence in handling my case. His situational analyses were precise and persistent, accompanied by prompt and reliable communication. Adrian efficiently mitigated any prosecutorial advantage while presenting compelling contextual arguments. His adeptness inside and outside the courtroom showcases a rare and genuine skill set. Adrian’s advice and strategic approach led to outstanding outcomes. I wholeheartedly recommend Adrian at Hugo Law Group based on my experience.”

    BJ