Drink Driving & DUI Lawyers Gold Coast & Brisbane

Throughout Queensland, it’s illegal to drive while over the legal alcohol limit. Classified as a serious offence, drink driving is treated with a zero tolerance attitude by the courts. If you have been charged with drink driving, it is critical that you engage a lawyer. This can help minimise the licence suspension or fine you receive. In order to defend yourself properly, having legal representation is essential. GC Traffic Lawyers can provide you with access to a team of experienced DUI lawyers on the Gold Coast or in Brisbane.

Drink Driving Penalties in Queensland

Penalties for drink driving in Queensland vary depending on the seriousness of the charge. The following factors can impact the severity of your penalty:

  • Your Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) at the time of your arrest
  • Your traffic history (if you have previously been convicted of a drink driving offence, you may face a more severe penalty).

It’s impossible to predict what your exact penalty will be, as the court considers each case individually. If you are facing a serious drink driving charge, our DUI lawyers will be happy to review your case and give you a free appraisal of possible outcomes. Rather than just accepting your fate, we may be able to reduce the severity of your penalty.

Blood Alcohol Limits

Your BAC is taken into account when assessing the seriousness of your offence, potentially impacting your penalty. Blood alcohol limits for a first time offence can be outlined into 4 different categories. These categories (and their penalties) include:

  • Over 0.00, but under 0.05 – This drink driving limit applies to learner drivers, provisional licence holders and the drivers of special vehicles. It can result in a licence suspension of 3 to 9 months, a maximum fine of $1,706, and 3-month maximum jail term.


  • Over 0.05, but under 0.10 – Open driver’s licence holders are permitted to drive with a BCA below 0.05. If this limit is exceeded, but still remains under 0.10, the offender may face a licence suspension of 1 to 9 months, a maximum fine of $1,706, and 3-month maximum jail term. This is sometimes referred to as low-range drink driving.


  • Over 0.10, but under 0.15 – Known as mid-range drink driving, this offence can have more serious consequences. Associated penalties include a licence suspension of 3 to 12 months, a maximum fine of $2,438 and a 6-month maximum jail term.


  • 15 and over – The penalties for high-range drink driving involve a minimum licence suspension of 6 months, a maximum $3,413 fine, and a 9-month maximum jail term.

If you have been charged with drink driving, we know the stress you’ll be under. With your livelihood on the line, appointing a drink driving lawyer can help make the process less daunting.

Drink Driving Work Licences 

A Work Licence allows a person convicted of drink driving or drug driving to use their vehicle exclusively for the purpose of earning income. This arrangement is available to both employed and self-employed people. If you wish to apply for a Work Licence, you must do so before being convicted. If your Work Licence is refused, you cannot reapply. You only get one shot, so don’t risk being represented by a non-specialised lawyer.

GC Traffic Lawyers have never had a Work Licence application refused. If you need to drive for your job, one of our DUI lawyers can help you apply for a Work Licence today. You can find more information about the conditions and requirements by visiting our Work Licence page.

Drink Driving Lawyer FAQs

What is the legal limit for drink driving?

For a standard open licence in Queensland, the legal limit, or BAC, is 0.05. Some licences (such as learner and provisional licences) require a 0.00 BAC.

Can anyone get a Work Licence?

You will need to meet strict criteria when applying for a Work Licence in Queensland. You will also need to provide a compelling argument as to why you require this kind of licence. Engaging with a specialist drink driving lawyer throughout the application process will ensure you meet all the necessary criteria.

When can the police pull me over and breathalyse me?

The police do not need any specific reason to pull you over and breathalyse you. In most circumstances, refusing to be breathalysed is a criminal offence. Failing to give an unsatisfactory sample is also illegal (e.g. if you do not blow hard enough to register a reading). You can refuse on medical grounds, but the test can still be performed if a doctor consents to it. You may also be able to refuse a breathalyser test if you are in your own home. This is known as the ‘home safe’ rule. However, you should always seek legal advice before questioning the rights of the police to breathalyse you.

Are drink driving charges worth fighting?

This depends on the offence you’ve been accused of committing. If you think the charges are unfair or inaccurate, you may be able to fight them. It’s not uncommon for people who’ve been arrested for drink driving to challenge their roadside test results, or claim that the results are not permissible in court. However, you should never try to use any of these defences without the help of a DUI lawyer.

What areas in Queensland do you service?

If you wish to engage with a drink driving lawyer on the Gold Coast or in Brisbane, GC Traffic Lawyers services both of these cities and the corridor in between. Wherever you live in Queensland, feel free to give us a call to find out if we can help you.

Get In Touch With a DUI Lawyer Today

If you’ve been charged with drink driving, time is of the essence. You should contact us as soon as possible so that we can effectively prepare your case. Our specialist DUI lawyers are waiting to take your call. Contact our Gold Coast office today.