What does ‘special circumstances’ mean?
Special circumstances means that you could not avoid getting the fine because of your circumstances at the time.
Special circumstances apply if, when you got the fine, you:
- had an intellectual disability or mental illness including anxiety and depression
- had a drug or alcohol addiction
- were homeless or living in unstable housing
- were experiencing family violence
and as a result:
- you could not control the behaviour you were fined for
- or you didn’t understand that you what you did was against the law
You can get your fines reduced or cancelled
If you have special circumstances, you can have your fines reduced or cancelled.
If you think you have special circumstances, get free legal help.