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Drink driving offences carry heavy penalties such as hefty fines and terms of imprisonment however, with an expert Drink Driving Lawyer it is still possible to get a non-conviction penalty and keep your license. 

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Charged with a Drink Driving Offence?

Facing a drink driving charge is a critical moment with potential severe consequences, including a damaged reputation, substantial fines, loss of driving privileges, and the possibility of jail time. 

The impact can extend beyond the legal realm, affecting your personal and professional life. Expert legal representation is crucial in such situations, and Faraj Defence Lawyers understands the gravity of your issue. 

We stand ready to provide a lifeline amidst the chaos, fighting tirelessly for the best possible outcome. If you or someone you know has been charged with drink driving, contact us today for a free initial consultation.

Why Choose Faraj Defence Lawyers for your Drink Driving Charge?

01

Free Initial Consultation

We understand the importance of an initial assessment, which is why we offer free consultations to discuss the specifics of your case.

02

Expert Defence Strategies

We craft meticulous defence strategies aimed at securing favourable outcomes, including aiming and securing Section 10 dismissals & non-convictions.

03

Unwavering Support and Guidance 

Unwavering support and guidance from the beginning to the resolution of your case, ensuring you are informed and empowered throughout.

04

Negotioation Expertise

Our extensive knowledge on dealing with the prosecution has allowed us to develop expert negotiation strategies that will tip the scales in our favour.

05

Direct Access to Senior Criminal Lawyer

Direct access to a senior criminal lawyer who will oversee your case. Ensuring your matter is handled with the utmost expertise and attention it deserves.

06

Fixed Fees and Transparent Pricing 

We believe in transparency. Our firm operates on fixed fees, providing clarity on costs from the outset. Eliminating any unexpected financial burdens.

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What are the different types of drink driving offences?

Drink driving offences are governed by section 110 of the Road Transport Act 2013, and our expert Drink Driving Lawyers specialise in navigating the legal complexities surrounding these charges. There are five distinct types of drink driving offences categorised based on blood alcohol concentration (BAC). Each offence carries its own set of implications, and our dedicated team is well-versed in providing tailored defence strategies. The classifications include:

  • Novice range (over 0.00 to 0.019): Applies exclusively to learner, P1, or P2 drivers and interlock licence holders.

  • Special range (0.02 to 0.049): Applicable to learner, P1, or P2 drivers, bus drivers, taxi drivers, and interlock licence holders.

  • Low range (0.05 to 0.079): Represents a specific range of blood alcohol concentration with associated legal implications.

  • Mid-range (0.08 to 0.149): Covers a mid-range of blood alcohol concentration, distinct from other categories.

  • High range (0.15 and higher): Involves a significantly elevated blood alcohol concentration, carrying more severe consequences.

  • Refusal to participate in breath test: Treated as a high-range offence.

Blood alcohol concentration is meticulously measured based on the concentration of alcohol in 210 litres of breath or 100 millilitres of blood. 

Penalties for Drink Driving

Each offence carries separate maximum penalties and the lower your level of intoxication, the higher your chance will be at receiving a non-conviction penalty. This is also in addition to other circumstances surrounding your case, including whether the offence will be considered a ‘second or subsequent offence’. 

For an offence to be considered ‘second or subsequent offence’, the prior offence must be an equivalent offence or one classified as a ‘major offence’ and have occurred within the last 5 years. 

Major offences include driving offences which result in the death or bodily harm of another, all drink driving offences, and driving with an illicit substance in your system, among others.

The penalty applicable will also depend upon whether you are ordered to participate in themandatory interlock program or are deemed exempt by the court.

First Drink driving offence

PCA Level

Maximum Fine

Disqualification

Interlock

Imprisonment

Novie

$2,200

MAX: 6 months
MIN: 3 months

N/A

Not applicable

Special Range

$2,200

MAX: 6 months
MIN: 3 months

N/A

Not applicable

Low Range

$2,200

MAX: 6 months
MIN: 3 months

N/A

Not applicable

Mid Range

$2,200

MAX: 6 months
MIN: 3 months

1 year on interlock

Maximum of 18 months

High Rang

$3,300

MAX: 3 years
MIN: 1 year

2 years on interlock

Maximum of 18 months

Second or subsequent drink driving offence

PCA Level

Maximum Fine

Disqualification

Interlock

Imprisonment

Novie

$3,300

MAX: 3 months
MIN: 1 month

1 year on interlock

Not applicable

Special Range

$3,300

MAX: 3 months
MIN: 1 month

1 year on interlock

Not applicable

Low Range

$3,300

MAX: 3 months
MIN: 1 month

1 year on interlock

Not applicable

Mid Range

$3,300

MAX: 3 months
MIN: 1 month

2 years on interlock

Maximum of 12 months

High Rang

$5,500

MAX: 1 year
MIN: 9 months

4 years on interlock

Maximum of 24 months

If it is your first offence, police may choose to issue an on-the-spot fine of $603 for low, novice or special-range drink driving, instead of charging you. If you pay this fine, you will not receive a criminal record, however, it does incur a 3-month suspension.

You may seek to ‘court elect’ this fine, to seek leniency at court and avoid this suspension byachieving a non-conviction outcome however, this comes at the risk of harsher penalties and a criminal conviction.

Apart from the penalties above, the court will also impose one of the following:

  • S10(1)(a)

  • Conditional Release Order without conviction

  • Conditional Release Order with conviction

  • Fine

  • Community Corrections Order

  • Intensive Corrections Order

  • Full-Time Imprisonment

Keep your license: Speak to a Specialist Drink Driving Lawyer Today

When charged with drink driving, having a specialist lawyer by your side is crucial. Our experienced team understands drink driving laws, the legal landscape, and the potential complexities of your case. Seeking expert legal advice ensures that your rights are protected and gives you the best chance for a favourable outcome. 

Expert legal advice is not merely a protective measure; it's your key to preserving your rights and maximising the chances of keeping your licence.

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