CHARGED WITH A DRINK DRIVING OFFENCE?

Give us a call now. Our team of lawyers and barristers are amongst Sydney’s most respected and trusted advocates.

WHY DO YOU NEED A LAWYER?

It may seem like a good idea to try your luck before a Magistrate on your own, but you should consider the consequences of being found guilty of drink driving before doing so:

This could flow on to affect your family life, your current employment or even your future prospects of employment.

You can rest assured that we will leave no stone unturned in assessing each element of your matter before advising you on the merits of your case and the best approach to take, which may include:

We will never provide a guarantee that you will obtain a particular result. Why? Each case is different, each court is different and each Magistrate is different.

We know the process, we know the courts and we appear before the Magistrates day in day out. You can trust that we will have a strategy for your matter and a game plan to achieve the best result for your circumstances.

WHAT IS DRINK DRIVING?

The law limits the amount of alcohol a driver is allowed to have within their blood while driving a motor vehicle. The limit of alcohol allowed while driving a motor vehicle is dependent upon the type of licence you hold.

READING

Your level of intoxication is measured by way of blood alcohol content (BAC). If you would like to challenge this reading we are able to introduce to industry leading experts including professors who can test the reading for you.

PENALTIES

Depending upon the level of intoxication, penalties can involve heavy fines, licence suspensions and/or jail sentences. Our experienced advocates will fashion submissions to the court for you, designed to achieve the minimum penalty possible.

FIRST OFFENCE WITHIN 5 YEARS​​​​​
Offence Maximum fine Maximum gaol Automatic disqualification Minimum disqualification
Novice range PCA $1,100 N/A 3 months 6 months
Special range PCA $1,100 N/A 3 months 6 months
Low range PCA $1,100 N/A 3 months 6 months
Mid-range PCA $2,200 9 months 6 months 12 months
High range PCA* $3,300 18 months 6 months 9 months

 

SECOND ALCOHOL-RELATED MAJOR OFFENCE WITHIN 5 YEARS
Offence Maximum fine Maximum gaol Automatic disqualification Minimum disqualification
Novice range PCA $2,200 N/A 1 month 3 months
Special range PCA $2,200 N/A 1 month 3 months
Low range PCA $2,200 N/A 1 month 3 months
Mid range PCA $3,300 12 months 6 months 9 months
High range PCA* $5,500 18 months 9 months 12 months

* If you refuse or fail to provide a breath analysis, you will be considered to be high range PCA and the same disqualification will apply.