What are the consequences of drink driving? The consequences are serious and involve loss of licence, massive fines and the subsequent impact on your lifestyle. This is not to mention the impact you can have on others, with drink driving being a significant factor in traffic accidents and resulting injuries and fatalities. If you have been charged with drink driving (DUI), its crucial that you appoint a specialist traffic lawyer who is experienced in dealing with cases of DUI to give yourself the best chance of a reduced penalty.

Consequences of drink driving – find out from GC Traffic Lawyers

If you have been charged with drink driving, you will have to go to Court. A Magistrate will decide the length of your suspension, size of your fine and whether, in serious cases, you will receive a prison sentence. There are various factors which will determine the severity of the consequences of drink driving such as how high your Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) was and whether you have been convicted of drink driving offence before. As a guide, the following applies for a first drink driving offence:

  • 0.05 – 0.10 BAC: 1 to 9 months disqualification and a fine up to $1,649
  • 0.10 – 0.15 BAC: 3 to 12 months disqualification and a fine up to $2,356
  • 0.15 and over BAC: Minimum 6 months disqualification and a fine up to $3,298

It is possible however to keep driving your vehicle under certain circumstances and have your fine minimised. You can apply for a Work Licence which allows someone who has been convicted of drink driving to drive to and from work, whether they are employed or self employed, provided certain conditions have been met. Whilst you can apply for one of these yourself, it makes sense to appoint a traffic lawyer such as GC Traffic Lawyers to apply for one of these for you. We have a 100% record in obtaining Work Licences for our clients. We know the process, how to apply and what arguments are likely to persuade a Magistrate to rule in your favour. If you choose to apply yourself and get declined then there is no appeal process and no second chances.

If you would like us to help you stay on the road and get a reduced fine, call now on 07 5528 6665. We service the Gold Coast, Brisbane and the corridor in between.

Consequences of drink driving source: https://www.qld.gov.au/transport/safety/road-safety/drink-driving/penalties/charged/