Drink Driving

Family Focus Legal has extensive knowledge and expertise when representing clients who have been charged with drink driving offences.

Being charged and found guilty of drink driving is classified as a criminal offence. This means that you will have a criminal conviction recorded against your name which can have serious implications for your employment and even overseas travel.

Having a Solicitor with experience in achieving charge dismissals or minimised penalties appearing alongside you in Court can play a massive role in the outcome of your matter. At Family Focus Legal we work hard and explore all avenues available to ensure you have a favourable outcome.

Most drink driving charges will fall into one of the three categories below:

Low Range

A low range drink driving charge is least serious of the this type of charge. Low range refers to having a blood alcohol concentration of between 0.05 to 0.079.

The maximum penalty for this charge depends on whether a person is a first offender or repeat offender. In both cases, the starting point in sentencing would be for a criminal conviction to be recorded, a fine to be imposed and the offender's licence to be disqualified for six months.

Mid Range

A mid-range drink driving charge is considerable more serious than a low-range charge. Mid-range refers to have a blood alcohol concentration of between 0.08 to 0.149. The maximum penalty for a first offender is imprisonment for 9 months, a fine of 20 penalty units and automatic licence disqualification for 12 months. The maximum penalty for a repeat offender is imprisonment for 12 months, a fine of 30 penalty units and automatic licence disqualification for three years.

High Range

A high range drink driving charge is taken incredibly serious by the Police and the Court. High-range refers to have a blood alcohol concentration of 0.150 or above. The maximum penalty for a first offender is imprisonment for 18 month, a fine of 30 penalty units and an automatic licence disqualification for 3 years. The maximum penalty for a repeat offender is imprisonment for 2 years, a fine of 50 penalty units and an automatic licence disqualification for 5 years.   

If you need advice regarding drink driving charges contact Family Focus Legal for a fixed fee consultation on 02 4655 4224. 

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