TASMANIA]. I accumulate 2 demerit points by speeding on the LAST DAY of Good Behaviour Period(POGB), i elect to court,

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Customer: TASMANIA]. I accumulate 2 demerit points by speeding on the LAST DAY of Good Behaviour Period(POGB), i elect to court, will it be consider
JA: Have you talked to a Tasmania lawyer about this?
Customer: i am looking for advice, i am appearing on court myself
JA: What steps have you taken so far?
Customer: I got letter of suspension as i accumulated 12 points, i choose to take POGB which was ending on 18th Nov 2020. Unlucky me, same day police caught me on speed gun, doing 94 on 80 zone and send infringment notice with 2 demerit point. If i pay it will be suspended for 6 month. so i choose to take this matter to court and plea Guilty. i have court date 30th April, next Friday.
I have loose most of the point on speeding (doing 10-14 over limit) so i think court will take it seriously.
I found ATOP (Australian Traffic offender Program) course, online in four days, $240. is it worth doing this course so i can impress to magistrate and not to suspend/less suspension / reduce penalty
Does Magistrate can reduce penalty if i did this course and write good Plea in mitigation mentioning i need license to keep my work(i work as disability support worker and license is essential for work, i need to transport client).
or can Magistrate allow for one year more POGB, or Magistrate is unable to change the punishment
if Magistrate decide for 6 month suspension as normal, does it start form the same day or do have time or can i request to start a month later
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Customer: I am confused should i do ATOP course or not, is it relevant
JA: What confuses you?
Customer: can Magistrate change the penalty or it will be normal as 6 month suspension
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Hi! My name is***** a solicitor in Australia, and I’m happy to help you.

You may apply for a diversion program to the court directly.

The magistrate or judicial officer will adjourn the case while a defendant participates in the diversion program.

This program targets offenders who have pleaded guilty or been found guilty of traffic offences in the local court.

The Traffic Offender Intervention Program is a community-based road safety education program. It provides offenders with the information and skills necessary to develop positive attitudes towards driving, become safer drivers, and maintain their licence.

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thank you for your reply,
what is diversion program, should i do this before appearing to court and how to do if you know

John Melis, Expert

You will apply for the diversion program while you are at the court.
ok so i dont need to do ATOP before appearing to court, is this diversion program for driving license is available in tasmania; can i drive while i am in diversion program

John Melis, Expert

If you are granted the diversion program you can drive.
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