Do you know the penalties for drink driving in Queensland? Drink driving, or DUI, is considered an extremely serious offence. If you have been pulled over for a breath test and you blow over a Blood Alcohol Limit (BAC) of 0.05, then you will be arrested, even if it is your first offence. You will then be taken to a police station where you will be tested further and if you again breach the 0.05 BAC limit, you will be formally charged with the offence of drink driving. Once charged, you will receive a document from the police immediately that sets out the date that you are due to appear in Court, and the time of your Court appearance. This will be given to you immediately and you are likely to receive no other documentation notifying you of the Court date.

Penalties for Drink Driving

Now you have been charged, what penalties for drink driving are you facing? Needless to say, the higher the BAC, the more significant the penalty. Penalties for drink driving also differ depending on what class of licence you hold and also whether you have previously been charged with a drink driving offence. For multiple drink driving offences, jail time is a real possibility.

The table below shows the penalties for drink driving for a first time offence.

Over the ‘no alcohol limit’

Learners, P plates

  • Max fine $1,400 and/or 3 months prison; AND
  • Mandatory disqualification of 3 months with a max of 9 months
Over ‘general alcohol limit’ (.05% – .099%)

Open licence

  • Max fine $1,400 and/or 3 months’ imprisonment; AND
  • Mandatory disqualification of 1 month with max of 9 months
Over ‘middle alcohol limit’ (.1%-.149)
  • Max fine $1,400 and/or 3 months’ imprisonment; AND
  • Mandatory disqualification of 3 months with max of 12 months
Over ‘high limit’ (over .15%)
  • Max fine $2,100 and/or 9 months’ imprisonment; AND
  • Mandatory disqualification of 6 months with a max of an absolute disqualification

Given how serious the penalties for drink driving are in Queensland, it makes sense to have legal representation when going to Court to defend the charge. You can defend yourself, however it is not advisable. If you appoint a traffic lawyer such as GC Traffic Lawyers, we have the experience specifically in cases of drink driving and may be able to keep you on the road by getting a Work Licence for you. A Work Licence enables you to drive for the purposes of work under certain circumstances and under strict conditions. We’ve never had a Work licence application declined and also can provide you with a Money Back guarantee on our services. At the start of the process, we will sit down with you and agree an outcome we think we can achieve for you. If we don’t meet that outcome, we’ll give you your money back, no questions asked.

If staying on the road following a drink driving charge is important to you and your ability to continue in your employment, then don’t risk it, call GC Traffic Lawyers now on 07 5528 6665 for a free and discreet discussion of your options.