Drink driving is often considered to be a trivial matter. However, this is not the case. Drink driving, even for a first offender, will very likely result in the recording of a criminal conviction, a fine and a period of licence disqualification if not handled by a specialist criminal lawyer.
In NSW the Courts take a very serious approach when dealing with Drink Driving Offences or Driving Under the Influence (DUI Offences) and driving whilst over the Prescribed Concentration of Alcohol (PCA). Subsequently there are very harsh penalties for these types of drink driving offences and the gravity of the penalties will largely depend on the level of your Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) and whether or not you have been convicted of a similar offence in the past.
In recent times the Courts and traffic laws in New South Wales have bowed to public demand to take a more serious and tougher approach when dealing with drink driving matters. Understandably the higher your BAC, then the higher your monetary fine and the longer your period of disqualification will be.
There is a common perception in the community that a drink driving charge can never be successfully defended. That is not necessarily accurate.
While most drink driving charges result in a plea of guilty, there are a number of circumstances in which it may be possible to successfully defend against such a charge. Below are a number of ways in which a drink driving charge can be defended.
We will advise you on whether or not there are any merits in defending your DUI or PCA charge, whether your BAC reading was accurate and whether the police observe time limits and other procedural requirements. If you have been charged with a DUI or PCA offence then generally penalties of disqualification and monetary fine will apply, however if you have previous convictions of a similar nature then you could be classed as a Habitual Offender and maybe subject to a term of imprisonment.
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